“We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric,” he said.
This statement follows a recent announcement from the city for its Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 plan to reduce overall greenhouse gas pollution by 25% in time for the 2028 Olympic Games and completely carbon neutral by 2050.
"We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric."
The city's plan includes investment in electrifying more vehicles within the city's fleet, including its buses. LA also aims to have electric cars represent 30% of all passenger cars on the road and around 80% of vehicles being sold on the market.
LA aims to make 20% single driver trips zero emissions through public transit use, bikes, or other transportation choices.
Mayor Garcetti told the Financial Times: “Local actors, no matter who is in power, are the most critical elements of whether or not we win the fight against climate change. It is local governments and regional governments that regulate or directly control building codes, transportation networks, and electricity generation, which together are 80 percent of our emissions.”
Uber, Lyft, and other companies are already making an effort to introduce more electric cars, but so far haven't dictated that drivers do so, and the conversion is voluntary.
In the summer of 2018, Uber started up its EV Champions Initiative, which was a year-long effort in 7 cities to incentivize drivers to convert to electric. Just a few months ago, Uber also teamed together with EVgo to build up the company's access to electric car charging.
The company launches a Clean Air Plan in London in an effort for every vehicle on its mobile app in the city to become electric by 2025. This plan added a small fee to every mile driven through the app to help drivers upgrade their cars to electric.
As for Lyft, the company started a carbon offset program in 2018 with an effort to make all travel through Lyft to become carbon neutral. The company is also moving toward a full electric conversion, and it already offers a Green Mode option in some cities where consumers can choose to ride a hybrid or electric vehicle.
Just a few months ago, Lyft deployed the most electric vehicles in company history after it launched 200 new electric cars in the Denver area.
Several cities around the globe already have complicated and contentious relationships with ride-hailing companies. Even though ride-hailing platforms have helped to lower the number of people who rely on personal vehicles, many are finding issues with licenses, taxes, safety, traffic, employment tactics, and other problems, and cities are attempting to exert control.
These problems are only increasing, and LA isn't alone as it runs into issues with these companies like its recent fight with Uber over bike and scooter laws.
As a more massive effort to help confront these issues, the city recently announced it would be starting its Urban Movement Labs, which is a public and private partnership to boost transportation efforts throughout the city. This will bring city officials, private citizens, and members from private companies together to create new ideas, test them out, and introduce them to the city. It was also announced that Lyft would be one of the founding members of this effort.