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New campus plan targets electric vehicle adoption at UCLA

UCLA transit operator charging an EV on campus.

Charging forward into a new year, UCLA Transportation is supporting the transition to an electrified future, releasing its first-ever EV Readiness Plan for the university.

The plan provides a framework to increase the number of electric vehicles commuting to campus, complete the UCLA fleet’s transition to primarily zero-emission vehicles —including a fully electrified BruinBus system — and support these goals through expanded charging capacity. The plan advances UCLA’s existing electrification initiatives.

Currently, 40% of California’s carbon footprint comes from transportation. Los Angeles’ air is unhealthy, and the main culprit is the internal combustion engines in the 12 million vehicles crowding Southern California roadways, emitting pollution — the worst in the nation, according to spring 2022 reports by the American Lung Association and air-quality monitoring firm IQAir.

“Lessening dependence on traditional gasoline and shifting to electric vehicles is critical to saving the climate, improving public health and meeting the sustainability objectives UCLA has set for commuting and the campus fleet,” said Dave Karwaski, UCLA Transportation’s director of mobility planning and traffic systems. 

Read the full story on UCLA Newsroom.