DETROIT — Environmentally conscious car shoppers received some encouraging news from General Motors on Thursday, as the automaker announced that 10 percent of its dealer network participates in its Green Dealer Program.
Mountain Chevrolet is powered with 40 kilowatts of solar energy from a rooftop array and solar canopy over an EV charging station. Also in the works is another 50-kilowatt array that will allow the store to achieve net-zero energy use during some months.
Lee Davis, the owner of Davis Chevrolet, is also an environmental scientist.
His green initiatives include heating the service department and body shop with used vehicle oil. Davis also buys lunch for employees with money from recycled soft-drink cans.
"GM has long been committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship and we're proud that our dealers share this commitment to serve and improve the communities where we live and work," said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. sales operations, in a statement.
Of course, competing dealerships also are demonstrating a commitment to improving the environment.
Subaru dealers show their green commitment through the automaker's Eco-Friendly dealership program.
For example, Planet Subaru Boston in Hanover, Massachusetts plants hardy grass and wildflowers outside of the dealership that never require any watering, fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides.
"It's hard to imagine another dealership that can serve organic apples grown right on the property," the dealership said on its website.
Edmunds says: More dealerships are making "green" a way of life.