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Prince George dealerships bring home awards for clean energy vehicles

Top Battery Electric Vehicle Sales – North: Northland Hyundai Prince George (L-R Blair Qualey, President and CEO, NCDA, Robert Dar, General Manager at Northland Hyundai and Peter Sia, NCDA Board Director and General Manager, Northland Nissan

The New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) has announced the recipients of the Green Star Dealer Awards for their outstanding work in the sale of clean energy vehicles and two Prince George dealerships brought home trophies.

The Green Star Awards recognize new car dealer selling the highest number of Clean Energy Eligible Vehicles annually across all brands, by provincial region, including the most Improved Dealership (Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior and Northern BC).

Top Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Sales – North: Prince George Toyota (L-R) Blair Qualey, President and CEO, NCDA, Terry Kirby, General Manager at Prince George Toyota and Peter Sia, NCDA Board Director and Dealer Principal, Northland Nissan

The Green Star Award recipients for Battery Electric Vehicle Sales (BEV) and Plug-in Electric Hybrid Sales (PHEV) for 2021 sales are:

  • Top BEV Sales – Vancouver Island: Victoria Hyundai
  • Top PHEV Sales – Vancouver Island: Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria
  • Top BEV Sales – Lower Mainland: Kia West Coquitlam
  • Top PHEV Sales – Lower Mainland: OpenRoad Toyota Richmond
  • Top BEV Sales – Interior: Kelowna Hyundai
  • Top PHEV Sales – Interior: Kelowna Toyota
  • Top BEV Sales – North: Northland Hyundai Prince George
  • Top PHEV Sales – North: Prince George Toyota
  • Most Improved Dealership BEV Sales: West Coast Kia Pitt Meadows
  • Most Improved Dealership PHEV Sales: Metro Motors Port Coquitlam

BC leads North America in the sale of zero emission vehicles, positioning us to achieve our targets established in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030,” said the Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “As a result of CleanBC Go Electric initiatives, the number of clean energy vehicle options continues to grow. Congratulations to the Vancouver Island winners of the Green Star Dealer Awards for their leadership in helping ensure a more sustainable future.”

The NCDA has proudly administered the Clean BC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program since its inception in 2011. Despite the pandemic and supply chain issues, more than 18,000 rebate transactions were processed in 2021, the highest number in the history of the Program.

A 2021 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Update revealed that ZEVs represented 13% of all new light vehicle sales in BC last year – the highest rate in North America on a per capita basis. In fact, during the first quarter of 2022, the rate of ZEV sales in BC exceeded 17%.

“The level of partnership and collaboration between industry and provincial and local governments, has been instrumental in our success. Another key aspect has been our three-pillar approach, which include point of purchase rebates, policy, and funding to create increased access to charging stations, along with education and awareness about the benefits of ZEV ownership,” said Blair Qualey, President, and CEO of the NCDA. “The course we have charted creates a path for continued success and a host of benefits. It’s good for government, good for business and good for the environment.”

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