Driving the Spotlight: Los Angeles and Orange Counties' Large Producer and Consumer Base Driving Advanced Transportation Growth

New Next 10 report examines how in both Los Angeles and Orange County, traditional anchor industries and a large population, as well as regional collaborations, are driving the clean tech sector.

The report finds that not only do Los Angeles and Orange Counties represent the largest and fastest-growing electric vehicle market in the state, the region is also a hotbed for other advanced transportation technologies. There is a concentration of companies, organizations, research institutions and groups working on advanced transportation technologies, including electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, and renewable natural gas made from waste.

California is also a leader in terms of hybrid patents. New data shows there were 154 advanced transportation patents registered for the region in the 2012 to 2013 time period—that figure is more than double the number of patents recorded in the 2002 to 2003 period. Custom battery manufacturer Quallion is identified in the analysis as the most active regional company for clean tech transportation patent registrations in recent years, primarily in batteries. General Motors ranked a close second with hybrid and fuel cell patents.

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  • LA and OC represent the largest and fastest-growing electric vehicle market in the state.
  • Advanced transportation research is taking off, which we can see by the growing number of patents filed.
  • The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach serve as working test beds for new technologies. 
  • There are more than 20 automotive design centers in the region that are developing new advanced transportation technologies.
  • Regional companies are forming innovative partnerships to drive advanced vehicle technology adoption.