2016 Electric Vehicle Dealership Award
TORONTO, Ontario – September 26, 2016. Today, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and Plug'n Drive announced the winners of the 2016 Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards during EV Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Now in its third year, the Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards is the only program of its kind in Canada. It recognizes dealerships and utilities who are leaders in the promotion and/or sale of electric vehicles.
Tom Mitchell Electric Vehicle Leadership Award
PowerStream - Vaughan, Ontario
Performance Highlights: As the winner of the first annual Tom Mitchell award, it is appropriate that PowerStream was also the first utility in North America to commission a vehicle to grid charging station, incorporating it into their office micro-grid alongside a solar carport. They have played an instrumental role in the development of charging infrastructure, including the installation of two Level 3 fast charging stations that are completely open to the public.
Dealership Profile: PowerStream is a community-owned energy company providing power and related services to more than 380,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. PowerStream, jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan, is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable and efficient service. We achieve this goal by focusing on operational efficiencies and procedures in order to minimize overhead costs and maximize the use of company assets. In other words, PowerStream strives to be efficient and to provide optimum service, safely and reliably.
Company Website: www.powerstream.ca
Leading Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Dealership Award
Campus Nissan - Victoria, British Columbia
Performance Highlights: At Campus Nissan, electric vehicles account for 11% of total sales as well as 10% of their annual marketing budget. They are also very actively involved in the community, sponsoring the Victoria EV Club, using EV couriers for all local deliveries and initiating a LEAF Day sponsorship of the local WHL Hockey Team. This is in addition to their participation in dozens of community events and tradeshows.
Dealership Profile: Campus Nissan in Victoria, British Columbia is a locally owned and operated dealership that has been in the Graham family for over 35 years. Dick Graham, Dealer Principal since 1994, values family above all else. These values, coupled with the fact that Dick still farms 40 acres on the Saanich Peninsula, make environmental sustainability very important to the Campus Auto Group. Campus Nissan is the highest volume Leaf (all electric vehicles) dealership in Canada. This success is attributable to Victoria’s progressive and environmentally conscious car buyers as well as Mr. Graham’s commitment to supporting the Leaf through community engagement and promotion.
Leading Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Dealership Award
Bourgeois Chevrolet - Rawdon, Québec
Performance Highlights: Bourgeois Chevrolet actively promotes electric vehicles through social media, and participation in a number of community events, where they offer free test drives. In addition to having an entire sales team trained to sell electric vehicles and a well-stocked EV inventory, the company also makes their charging stations available to the entire community. Fully half of their marketing budget is used in the promotion of electric vehicles, which has paid off as they now account for 41% of the company’s total sales.
Dealership Profile: Operating since 1964, a family business that has seen 3 generations at its helm, Bourgeois Chevrolet is a pioneer in the world of electric vehicles. They are proud to be passionate ambassadors of electric transportation. It is with this passion that they strive to inform consumers, sensitize them to environmental values, and therefore show them all there is to know about the electrification of transportation. For 5 years, they have been specializing in the sale, maintenance, and repair of electric vehicles as well as in the training this involves.
Dealership Website: www.srbourgeois.com/en/
Electric Vehicle Dealership Inspiration Award
Green Rock E.V.S. - Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
Performance Highlights: Green Rock E.V.S. is very active in their community in addition to participating in a number of conferences, trade shows, and meetings to promote and educate the public about EVs and their benefits. Green Rock E.V.S. is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association. As a 100% electric vehicle dealer Green Rock E.V.S. leads the pack in terms of promotion, sales and education.
Dealership Profile: Green Rock E.V.S. is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only 100% Electric Vehicle Dealer and Service Centre. Green Rock E.V.S.’ mandate is to provide anyone in Newfoundland and Labrador with the opportunity to drive electric and save time, money, and the environment. Since its incorporation in 2013, Green Rock E.V.S. has grown into a full Dealership and Certified Service Center, with three employees. Green Rock E.V.S. sells quality, pre-owned electric vehicles, E-Bikes, and Charging Stations.