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The 2028 Olympics is an opportunity for Los Angeles to work toward more sustainable modes of transport, including extensive electrification.
There have been more EVs sold in Los Angeles than any other city outside of China.
Yet with electric cars still accounting for only 5.5% of sales across California, electrification of complementary sectors and infrastructure is crucial. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation plans to convert its entire bus fleet to electric buses by 2030. Siemens has also installed its eHighway technology along a 1.8 km test track near Long Beach, and demonstrated how hybrid electric or fully electric trucks could charge while they drive.
There is also potential for the 2028 Summer Olympics to be an agent for this lasting transformation. Making the streets easy to navigate and relieving congestion will be a top priority for event planners.
Launched in April 2018, BlueLA is an electric car-sharing program providing sustainable travel for low income communities. Users locate and reserve a car via the website or mobile app, and access the vehicle using a contactless card. Within less than a year after launch, the fleet has grown to 100 all-electric vehicles and 200 dedicated on-street spaces. According to the Transportation Sustainability Center, UC Berkeley, just one shared car can replace between 7 and 11 cars on the road. The Siemens CyPT forecasts up to 13,000 shared EVs in use across the city by 2035.
This could make a huge impact on congestion and provide job opportunities. The Siemens CyPT anticipates 200,000 positions could be created between now and 2050 as electric car sharing grows.