Paul Picks Up the 2013 Geela Award For Nissan Of Downtown LA (photo via Kelly Olsen)
Nissan of Downtown LA - A Dealership Who Knows How To Promote Electric Vehicles
About a week and a half ago, Paul Scott and Nissan of Downtown LA won a Governor's award (GEELA) for both promoting and selling electric vehicles in California.
The award is presented to a state dealership that has led not only in sales of zero emission vehicles, but who also has shown exceptional outreach, customer support and efforts to create a greener operation.
We imagine that many of us who own electric vehicles today have visited a dealership (or two) that would not have been in the running for such an award; so Mr. Scott and Nissan of Downtown LA are to be congratulated, and we hope more dealerships follow in their footsteps.
We asked Paul if he could share some of words about the event (and the EV movement in generally), and he graciously has done so. Thanks also to Kelly Olsen, who took some video (below) and photos at the event!
"On the evening of Tuesday, December 10th, I found myself at a lectern in the EPA building of downtown Sacramento addressing a crowd of people there to honor recipients of the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). I was there accepting the award on behalf of Nissan of Downtown LA, the dealership for which I sell the Nissan LEAF. There was some irony in that this was the very room in which my wife at the time, Zan Dubin Scott, and I attended the infamous CARB hearing in March of 2003 where the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate was eviscerated by the machinations of Alan Lloyd and his cronies on the Board. It was the same building where in 2008, members of Plug In America staged one of their last actual protests against further weakening of the laws governing clean car sales in California. And there I was accepting California's highest environmental award for selling electric cars.I think this speaks to the power of a good idea that cannot be killed no matter the powers behind the attempt. As Chris Paine so clearly outlined in his popular documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car?", the oil and auto industries along with state and federal government agencies all attempted to eliminate battery electric vehicles from the market. They managed to do a lot of damage to the progress of engineers such as the "Engineer of the Century" Paul MacCready and his team who had developed the Impact, a remarkable electric sports car which became the EV1. But they could not kill it! It had a pulse, a pulse that resided in the few people lucky enough to have experienced this technology and who were not about to let it die.With perseverance and some help from an EV-friendly President Obama and a new crew at CARB, plug in cars are now on the ascendence. Three years ago, there were a mere 3,000 EVs in the U.S. Today, there are over 160,000 and the numbers are growing fast. This is one cat that is clearly out of the bag and never going to be put back in."