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CityLab Daily: What’s Better Than an Electric Car? No Car.

Also today: How cities are retooling Valentine’s Day for the pandemic, and Deep South towns are counting on Biden to keep his climate promises. 

A Tesla electric vehicle charges at a public charging station in December.

A Tesla electric vehicle charges at a public charging station in December.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe

Driving force: Electric vehicles are gaining traction under the Biden administration. The U.S. president has called for the federal government to replace its vehicle fleet with electric models, and General Motors has pledged to only sell electric vehicles by 2035. But turning away from gas guzzlers won't be enough to help the country reach its climate targets.

Instead, the U.S. must focus on policies that significantly reduce its use of all cars, Beth Osborne of Transportation for America and Ben Holland of Rocky Mountain Institute write for CityLab. That means implementing sweeping changes to land-use patterns and infrastructure to enhance transit, biking and walking. The shifts required will take "major acts of political courage," but they are possible, Osborne and Holland write. Today on CityLab: To Meet Climate Goals, Think Outside the Electric Car