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Los Angeles sets aggressive 2028 EV targets: 80% of all vehicle sales

Los Angeles-based clean technology leaders yesterday announced its Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0. Under the plan, the city known for massive traffic congestion would achieve an overall 25% reduction in greenhouse gases and air pollution by 2028 ­— beating targets established by California and the Paris Climate Accord. The plan will solidify LA’s position as an EV capital and further establish Mayor Eric Garcetti as a leading global proponent for vehicle electrification.

Mayor Garcetti said the road map can serve as a blueprint for other cities to follow.

We can’t turn the tide on the climate crisis until we work across sectors and city limits to put the brakes on dangerous pollution and kick our zero-emissions transportation future into high gear.

Here are the goals outlined in the plan:

  • Electric vehicles would account for 30% of all light-duty passenger vehicles on the road and at least 80% of all vehicles sold.
  • 20% of all trips in single-occupancy vehicles would shift to zero-emissions public transport, bikes, or other active transportation options.
  • All public investments into surface vehicles and related infrastructure for goods movement will advance zero-emissions solutions and that the I-710 is the first zero-emissions goods movement corridor in the nation.

Los Angeles electric vehicle targets


The moving forces behind the plan are Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP). The partnership’s members include Audi, BMW, BYD, Greenlots, Proterra, and Tesla ­— as well as the California Air Resources Board, utilities, and energy companies. TEP was established by LACI in May 2018 and includes organizations aiming to speed up EV adoption by the time of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

The partnership will prioritize disadvantaged communities that are disproportionally affected by emissions from fossil-fuel-based transportation. TEP and LACI recently announced mobility pilot projects — including EV car sharing and micromobility options ­— in an investment of $500,000 across four different LA-based disadvantaged communities.

In April, Garcetti unveiled LA’s Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to combat climate change and achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050. That plan calls for increasing the percentage of electric vehicles in the city from 1.4% in 2018, to 25% by 2025, 80% by 2035, and 100% by 2050.

Last month, Garcetti was elected chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an international network of the world’s largest cities committed to concrete action to combat climate change.

Electrek’s Take

There’s a looming battle between the federal government and California over zero-emission rules. Automakers are taking sides, with big players like Toyota and General Motors standing against the rapid transition to EVs. While the feud could get tied up in courts for years, the role of cities becomes paramount.

Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti are setting the pace. As he states, LA is creating a blueprint for cities across the country to follow. Bring it on.

“When it comes to climate action, no one is doing more than cities, but no one is doing enough,” said Garcetti. “We are entering a make-or-break decade for the preservation of our planet and environmental justice for every community.”

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Bradley writes about electric cars, autonomous vehicles, smart homes, and other tech that’s transforming society. He contributes to The New York Times, SAE International, Via magazine, Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, and others.