The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) says the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to join the organization’s Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) of local government leaders, utilities, regulators and businesses.
The TEP will collaborate to reduce statewide greenhouse-gas emissions and regional air pollution by accelerating progress toward regional transportation electrification and statewide zero-emissions goods movement by the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The county will join the leadership group of LACI’s TEP, which includes the California Air Resources Board (represented by chair Mary Nichols); the mayor of Los Angeles; LA Metro; and utilities the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric. Gary Gero, Los Angeles County’s first-ever chief sustainability officer, will serve as the county’s liaison to LACI.
The first iteration of the group’s Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap will be released in September – a detailed plan to accelerate shared goals for mobility and zero-emissions transportation.
“Communities in the Harbor Area and along the 710 freeway have shouldered the burden of our nation’s goods movement system and the polluted air that has come along with it,” says Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County supervisor. “We know we need to invest in zero-emissions technology, and by joining the Transportation Electrification Partnership, Los Angeles County becomes part of an ambitious effort to drive our own future and make a zero-emissions transportation system a reality.”
Joining Los Angeles County, electric vehicle technology companies BMW, PCS Energy, Itron Idea Labs, Tesla, BYD and Greenlots, along with California State University Northridge and USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, will also be founding or associate founding partners; each will also serve on the TEP advisory group.
“The BMW Group is pleased to be part of the LACI transportation leadership group alongside Los Angeles County and others,” says Simon Euringer, vice president of BMW Group Technology Office USA. “As a long-standing leader in developing innovative solutions for urban mobility, the BMW Group recognizes the tremendous importance of collaboration as we work to transform mobility for the future. We look forward to working with Los Angeles County and our other partners in the transportation leadership group to bring the LACI Zero Emission 2028 Roadmap to life.”