Lincoln officials announce new electric vehicle infrastructure plan

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln officials announced a new initiative on Thursday that is aimed at helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Lancaster County.

The main goal of the Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan is to help the city become more electric-car friendly.  It will create the infrastructure needed for those electric vehicles.

Leaders across the county hope that this plan will help people use renewable resources and move away from fossil fuels.

“It truly is a privilege to live in a community that is on the leading edge on so many of the kinds of initiatives that are designed to make living in Lincoln and Lancaster County and the state of Nebraska even better than what it is,” Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel said.

The new initiative is part of the city’s Climate Action Plan, whose goal is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird also announced the formation of the Climate-Smart Collaborative at the press conference.

Under the collaborative, the city, LPS, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln Electric System will work to fortify public infrastructure and create jobs in green manufacturing.

“There’s no time like the present to actively protect what’s most important to us, our children,” Gaylor Baird said.  “Our environmental legacy will be left with them, and like our children, zero-admission vehicles are the future.”

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