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LA Approves Plan to Acquire 10K EVs for City Fleet

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April 13, 2022—The Los Angeles City Council last week approved a sweeping Electric Vehicle Master Plan with the goal of developing a fleet of more than 10,000 city-owned EVs.

The motion was passed by a 12-0 vote April 6 according to a report from NBC Los Angeles. The city currently has 172 electric vehicles in its fleet—142 electric sedans, 46 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and two hybrid street sweepers.

"Historically, this city has the worst air quality in the nation thanks to freeways, sprawl, gas-powered vehicles,'' Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said during the council's meeting. "The automotive age of the last century turbo-charged our descent into that dubious distinction that we all live with today, especially disadvantaged communities that bear the brunt of this degradation because of their proximity adjacent to major transportation infrastructure, thoroughfares, arterioles, freeways, underpasses.''

O'Farrell says Los Angeles' municipal fleet has more than 10,000 vehicles "of various types," and implementation of the plan will require "a lot of work to be done over the course of the next few years. No cost or time estimate was provided for the plan per the report, but Councilman Paul Krekorian says it will be implemented "in coordination" with the city's LA100 initiative, which hopes to reduce the city's carbon output to zero by 2035.

The EVMP also includes a plan to bolster the city's charging infrastructure—Los Angeles has installed 350 EV chargers over the last five years but would need to greatly increase that to support thousands of EVs. 

The plan outlines electrifying the city's largest fleets, such as its Street Services, Sanitation, Parks and Transportation departments, first before moving on to its other fleets.

"The Department of General Services will plan for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across 600 city-owned facilities, such as parks and libraries," the report says. "The city expects it will need about 97,000 charging stations by 2030. O'Farrell said he hopes the city's actions will incentivize the private sector to deploy charging stations as well."

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