COUNCIL APPROVES HISTORIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) MASTER PLAN(April 6, 2022) - 10,000 Vehicles - 97,000 EV Charging Stations
(April 6, 2022) - The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell and Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s initiative to create an Electric Vehicle (EV) Master Plan, a historic step to electrifying the entire City fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and, for the first time, implement the mass deployment of publicly accessible EV infrastructure citywide.
Today’s actions chart a course to fully electrify the entire City fleet. The initial focus will be to electrify the four largest departmental fleets: Streets LA, LA Sanitation & Environment, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Department of Transportation. Additionally, the General Services Department, in coordination with other departments, is instructed to plan for the mass deployment of EV charging stations and infrastructure at more than 600 City-owned facilities, including parks and libraries.
The Department of Water and Power currently projects a need of approximately 97,000 charging stations by the year 2030, underscoring the need for a citywide master plan and implementation in the coming years.
“By starting with public facilities and public-facing infrastructure, we will incentivize the private sector to join us in this effort,” said O’Farrell, who today also introduced a related motion, seconded by Councilmember Kevin de León, to review current contractual workforce standards for EV installations citywide, as part of an effort to ensure that the City employs good workforce standards as it electrifies the transportation sector.
Krekorian, who is also a board member of the County’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), is also working to ensure that the City, the County and local transit agencies all coordinate their planning for an EV future. “This is exactly the work we need to go beyond slogans and bumper stickers to the real work of changing the world, cleaning our air and creating good middle class jobs.”
At a press conference earlier this morning, O’Farrell and Krekorian were joined by a coalition of environmental and labor leaders, including representatives from the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11.