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LA, 13 other world cities, form C40 Electric Vehicle Network

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As world leaders haggle in Copenhagen to reach a climate change deal, city leaders are doing what they can to take up the slack. Los Angeles is joining 13 other major cities around the world to make it easier for vehicles to plug in.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his counterparts from Chicago, Houston, Toronto, London, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia; Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires,
Argentina; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Delhi, India; Seoul, South Korea, and Copenhagen,
Denmark are forming the "C40 Electric Vehicle Network."

Their goals are to install better charging infrastructure, streamline the permitting process for electric charging equipment, coordinate incentives to buy electric vehicles, and ramp up the number of electric cars in city vehicle fleets over the next four years.

They'll work with the Clinton Global Initiative and four electric vehicle manufacturers. Former President Bill Clinton said the network will improve the air in the cities and generate more sustainable well-paying jobs.