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Statement from Transportation Electrification Partnership on Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2022-2023 Budget

LOS ANGELES, CA “On behalf of the Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP), I applaud and thank Governor Newsom for including $6.1 billion for zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure investments in his budget proposal, with a focus on providing greater access to and benefits from the transition to zero-emission vehicles to low-income communities that are disproportionately burdened by pollution. These investments are critical to achieving TEP’s bold 2028 targets for the LA region, and statewide goals for 2035 and beyond. 

We are pleased to see proposed funding for zero-emission vehicle purchases by low-income consumers, expansion of charging infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods, zero-emission mobility community pilots, electric transit and school bus purchases, zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and infrastructure, port electrification, as well as funding for active transportation projects such as bicycle and pedestrian safety programs, among others.

As the budget process progresses, LACI and TEP look forward to working with the Newsom Administration and Legislature to support these proposed investments and to develop a pathway to increase the funding for accelerating the electrification of California’s goods movement sector. 

Thanks to Governor Newsom’s leadership, California will fund investments to purchase 1,000 zero emission trucks along with supporting infrastructure. However, in order to transition the tens of thousands of diesel trucks serving California’s ports, we encourage the Governor and Legislature to dedicate a total of $3.35 billion in the 2022 budget towards the state’s transition to zero-emission drayage trucks and charging infrastructure, including $100 million zero-emission early action pilot projects in key transportation freight corridors like the I-710 freeway.

We believe the time is now for the State of California to fully embrace its unique role in making bold “market maker” investments that will create good jobs, advance equity, and result in deep reductions in air and climate pollution. We look forward to working with the Administration and Legislature to further develop the state budget to achieve these goals.

Matt Petersen
President & CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Chair, Transportation Electrification Partnership


The Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP) is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games by pursuing bold targets, pilots, initiatives, and policies that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, and grow the economy.

Current members include:
Leadership Group: Mayor Garcetti, CARB, County of Los Angeles, LADWP, LA Metro, Southern California Edison, LACI

Advisory Group: Audi of America, BMW Group, Nissan North America, PCS Energy, BYD Motors, Normal Now sponsored by Electrify America, Greenlots, Itron, Proterra, AMPLY Power, Burbank Water & Power, Clean Power Alliance, Culver City, East Bay Community Energy, Glendale Water & Power, Inglewood, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 11 / National Electrical Contractors Association Los Angeles County, Metrolink, Pasadena Water & Power, Santa Monica, Southern California Public Power Authority, Tesla, Waymo

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is creating an inclusive green economy for the people of Los Angeles by: unlocking innovation by working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies; transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators, and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots, and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. As of Q2, 2021, LACI has helped 281 portfolio companies raise $636 million in funding and create over 2,300 jobs in the Los Angeles region, with a projected 5-year economic impact on the Los Angeles region of more than $520 million. Learn more at

LACI Hosts La Kretz Innovation Campus Tours

Join us for an exclusive presentation and walking tour for LACI portfolio companies and strategic partners on the La Kretz Innovation Campus – Los Angeles’ new cleantech industry hub – a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy.

A fully renovated 60,000 square foot building located at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the dynamic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Campus features offices, conference rooms, R&D labs, a prototype manufacturing workshop, a training center and an event space, all under one roof. The Campus is directly adjacent to the site of a new Arts District Park and will offer surface parking with a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, grey water filtration, bioswale, and microgrid systems all in the heart of LA’s Cleantech Corridor.

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Eventbrite - La Kretz Innovation Campus Walking Tour and Info Session

Breaking ground at the La Kretz Innovation Campus

Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony

Construction is officially underway on the La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown LA’s Arts District, as the groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday, June 19th, 2013 with over 700 attendees.  Mayor Villaraigosa, LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, LADWP President Ron Nichols, LA City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, and LACI Executive Director Fred Walti all spoke at the event to commemorate this important milestone in furthering LA’s green economy. 

The 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art building will be the permanent home for LACI that includes 30,000 sf of incubation space, in addition to wet and dry labs, prototype manufacturing facilities, and a training center. In addition, the LADWP will test and demonstrate efficient technologies, many of which will come from LACI Portfolio Companies.  The campus is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015 and will dramatically increase the number of entrepreneurs LACI can nurture under its roof. Additionally, the campus will include a public park, one of the few green areas in the Arts District.

Mayor Villaraigosa speaking about the new campus

The USC marching band providing toe-tapping tunes

Members of 360 Power Group giving a presentation

Hive Lighting demonstrating its products

Executive Director of LACI, Fred Walti

The ceremonial breaking of ground

Mr. Walti outlining LACI’s future plans

Ceremonial shovels in front of the official certificate from the City of Los Angeles

Portfolio Companies delivering presentations inside the facility

An overview of the speeches in front of the facility