Although the Trump administration has no plans to tighten vehicle emissions controls, California has a stricter policy for electric vehicles to meet its goal of reducing air pollution in Los Angeles by 25 percent by the Olympics. According to the roadmap announced last week by the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator, it hopes that by 2028, 80 percent of new models will be battery-powered. At the same time, it wants light passenger cars on the road to be 30% more electried.
(From: Tesla, via Cnet)
Unfortunately, despite consumer interest in electric vehicles, the lack of charging infrastructure and the high cost of EV models have prevented more people from shopping.
It’s unclear how the Los Angeles area will implement plans to accelerate sales of electric vehicles, which will be hard to come by unless the EV model sits on par with the internal combustion model over the next 10 years.
Of course, the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator also has a back-up “2.0” program to promote electric vehicles while making fewer cars running on the road and hoping to turn the I-710 into a zero-emissions corridor.
But it is clear that trying to get people to switch to 20 per cent of zero-emission public transport, such as bicycles, is probably just a good expectation, not to mention a huge investment in infrastructure.