For anyone who thought that Los Angeles' efforts to turn its traffic problems green would end after a partnership with Waze
, think again. The City of Angels has committed to leasing
160 battery-powered electric vehicles
and 128 plug-in hybrids
for its municipal fleet. A post on the LAPD blog
says that the police, fire, general services, water and power departments will split the former, while the general services will also take all of the latter. Mayor Eric Garcetti says that this move puts LA closer to its goal of becoming the "most sustainable city in America."
For now it has to settle for having the largest city-owned fleet of battery-powered rides. The blog post goes on to say that as part of this Sustainable City pLAn (not a typo), it also has a shiny new Tesla Model S P85D
and BMW i3
for "testing and research." Hopefully that includes seeing how effective Ludicrous Mode
is against fleeing perps.
This article by Timothy J. Seppala originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life