This page serves as a resource to media who wish to cover LAEDC’s report on the growing Electric Vehicle (EV) industry in California and Southern California.

The Electric Mobility Revolution in Southern California

For assistance, please contact Lawren Markle at LAEDC, at 213-236-4847, or [email protected]

Press release:

LAEDC Press Release – EV Industry Report (pdf)

Key Findings pdf:

Key findings – LAEDC EV Report

LAEDC report:

Photos of EV factories and workers in LA County:

Provided by BYD:

Provided by Proterra:

Videos of EV factories and workers, and college programs for the EV industry:

Employees at BYD Motors discuss how important these EV industry jobs are to their families (above)

Talking about the numbers in the report with LAEDC Associate Economist Tyler LaFerriere and LAEDC Senior Director of Industry Development, Judy Kruger (above)

Long Beach City College discusses talent development programs for the EV industry (above)

B-roll from Long Beach City College program

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple discusses the EV bus industry in Los Angeles County (above)

B-roll of Proterra bus manufacturing facility in City of Industry

Sources who can discuss the EV report and the local industry:

  • LAEDC, Judy Kruger, Sr Director  Industry Development (She can put this all in perspective and mention policy goals and the California Smartmatch program that is helping manufacturers in this industry) Contact: Lawren Markle at LAEDC, at 213-236-4847, or [email protected]
  • BYD, CEO Stella Li (manufacturer of electric buses and trucks (LA-based manufacturing w/ China HQ)  — largest contract ever just announced, with City of LA).  Contact Jim Skeen 661-264-8365.
  • Proterra, CEO Ryan Popple (manufacturer of electric buses – moved HQ from South Carolina to LA recently). Contact: Brittany Caplan 612-819-0143
  • Canoo, Paul Balciunas, Corporate Strategy & Finance  (LA-based EV car manufacturer with subscription model) Contact: Veronica Shea 310-617-1856
  • XOS Trucks, CEO Dakota Semler  (LA-based EV heavy truck manufacturer – semi tractor-trailers, etc). Contact: David Israel 917-596-5730
  • Lion Electric, VP Patrick Gervais (Electric school bus manufacturer that is opening operations in LA soon). Contact: Patrick Gervais 514.992.1060
  • Southern California Edison, Michael Backstrom, managing director of Energy and Environmental Policy (SCE is a sponsor of the report, and a utility company with focus on deploying EV charging for heavy and light vehicles). Contact:  Paul Griffo 626-848-2988
  • Rio Hondo College, Dr. John Frala (students learn how to work on Tesla cars and alt fuel systems, including in service). Contact 562-322-4375
  • Long Beach City College, EV program lead (students learn how to work at EV companies, including in service).  Contact: Stacey Ann Fong Toda 562-938-4004
  • City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office (City of LA has ambitious EV adoption targets and related programs) Contact: Dominique Hargreaves, Office of Sustainability, [email protected]
  • LA Dept Water & Power, George M. Payba, Director – Electrification of Transportation Systems and EV Policy.  (LADWP has a lead role in LA’s EV adoption targets).  Contact Ellen Cheng, 213-367-4141