The City of New Orleans has set an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2035 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Since transportation is responsible for 44% of the city’s GHG emissions, the City aims to transition 75% of its fleet to low- or no-emission vehicles and have 40% of passenger and light-duty vehicles be electric by 2035. The City will work to ensure equitable and accessible charging infrastructure is available and prioritize engaging low-wealth communities and communities of color. New Orleans will partner with FUSE to develop and implement a strategic plan to equitably electrify the city’s fleet and residents’ vehicles. 

FUSE Executive Fellow Durban Mitchiner will work with stakeholders in New Orleans to develop and implement a strategic plan to achieve the City’s vehicle electrification goals by 2050. The plan will include policies and strategies to expand charging infrastructure, enable third-party companies to provide charging, incentivize residents to purchase affordable and accessible EV models, and evaluate electric grid resiliency. Durban will establish frameworks for implementing and tracking goals and prioritize projects based on community needs. Additionally, they will identify long-term funding opportunities and marketing strategies for sustainable plan implementation.