You know him as the man who coined the phrases “farmers market capital of the world,” “America's undisputed creative capital,” and, of course, “the eco-fashion capital of the world,” has created a new tag-line for Los Angeles.

That's right, from this week forward, Los Angeles is the “capital of the electric car,'' according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Not that we're counting. He made the declaration while touting a plan that will build a plug-in support system in the Los Angeles area for electric cars by the fall of 2010.

The “Electric Vehicle Plug-In Readiness Plan'' has Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Monica and Santa Ana, Nissan, Ford and GM, and the California Electric Transportation Coalition and the Electric Research Power Institute getting together to give the region a network of fuel-like stations for plug-in vehicles.

Mayor V., speaking at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, which opens to the public later this week, said the program will “improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our reliance on imported oil, and spur green economic development with good green jobs.”

And it will also make us the capital of one more thing.

LA Weekly