Los Angeles Commits to Largest City-Owned Fleet of Pure Battery Vehicles

Yes, yes, the City of Angeles is bar far one of the most entertaining ones in the world, a global metropolis with a diverse economy in showbiz, culture, fashion, sports, you name. However, the second-largest town in the U.S. also has one of the biggest environmental issues, with the American Lung Association’s 2013 survey ranking the metro area as having the nation’s worst smog.
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And we haven’t even mentioned the effects climate change is having and will have in the decades to come. The point is actions like the one the city’s mayor has just announced should make us sleep better for a change.

160 battery electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids will be leased to advance sustainability goals and save taxpayers money,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement the other day. The program commits city departments to the leasing of pure battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to replace aging city cars – including those with conventional internal combustion engines.

Not that we haven’t heard of the Government’s plans to make our air more breathable before, but why did they go with this project now? The upcoming U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit, which will be hosted in the city next week, could be an answer to that.

Today, we take another step toward becoming the most sustainable city in America,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This year, Los Angeles will become home to the largest city-owned fleet of pure battery electric vehicles anywhere in the country, and we will save taxpayer dollars along the way.”

These leases are part of a bigger picture, of course, that sees that 50 percent of the city’s annual light-duty vehicle purchases are EVs by 2017. This is also a big step toward the plan’s longer-term target to have 80 percent of city vehicle fleet purchases be EVs by 2025.

There’s no word on the exact models, but we know they also received a loaned BMW i3 and a Tesla Models S P85D. Is green the new black in L.A.? We sure hope so considering the country’s climate issues.

LA Mayor @ericgarcetti announces historic transition to Green Energy Vehicles @lapdhq #LAPD #Tesla #cars #electric

A photo posted by Tesla Motors (@teslamotors) on Sep 11, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT

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