The film Who Killed the Electric Car? documents the birth and sudden demise of California’s electric vehicle industry in the mid-1990s, but we’re happy to say that EVs are making a huge comeback. Mayor Eric Garcetti from Los Angeles has announced a plan to lease 160 electric vehicles as part of his Sustainable City pLAn, making this the largest city-operated fleet of electric vehicles in the country. The city will lease both fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for its fire, police and general services departments.
“When we laid out our sustainable city plan … we promised that 50% of new city fleet vehicles purchased each year would be EV by 2017,” Garcetti recently said. “Now we’re fulfilling that promise ahead of schedule.”
In addition to announcing plans to add 160 electric vehicles and 128 plug-in hybrids to its fleet, the LAPD is also being loaned a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3. BMW recently announced it will loan the Los Angeles Police Department a BMW i3 for 12 months in the first US test of an i3 in an authority fleet.
“By virtue of its innovative design and construction from leading-edge materials, the i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven research philosophy of the LAPD. This will be a valuable learning experience for both BMW and the Department,” noted Christine Fleischer, Manager for BMW North America.
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