Category: Green Team

Toyota of Hollywood partners with EMA on School Garden Project

December 2, 2011 lacarguy Environmental Media Association, Green Charity, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability, School Garden Project, Scion of Hollywood, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments


Toyota of Hollywood (an LAcarGUY dealership) is proud to announce our sponsorship of Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) School Garden Program at Helen Bernstein High School. This program is an innovative initiative between the EMA and the LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles.

Community and environmental causes have always been a priority for LAcarGUY dealerships so we were excited to provide a hands-on educational opportunity through the Helen Bernstein school garden. This “living classroom” will enrich the learning experience for all students at Helen Bernstein and will help develop healthier food choices and eating patterns that can last a lifetime.

EMA launched an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles. The school garden will be a great opportunity for the children take their learning beyond the four walls, in a more dynamic environment. Math, science, nutrition, health, and fitness can all be taught through the use of these gardens. In addition to the garden itself, EMA will also provide a celebrity mentoring program for students with a member of their Young Hollywood Board that includes Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Maroon 5 and Rosario Dawson!

We will continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them! We’ll continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them!

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TDI Panamericana Pit-stop at Pacific Volkswagen

July 25, 2011 lacarguy Green Team, Pacific Volkswagen, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

We are proud and excited to announce that renowned adventurer and off-road racer, Rainer Zietlow, and his team will be making a stop at Pacific Volkswagen on August 3rd on route to completing the TDI Panamericana Endurance Challenge.

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pan-American Highway, Zietlow and his team have taken on the ultimate endurance challenge–a fast, two-week drive from Argentina to Alaska on the longest road in the world. The team will cover 14 countries and nearly 16,000 miles in a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel SUV. To check out the teams progress, view their website www.tdi-panamericana.com.

So drop by Pacific Volkswagen on August 3rd to cheer the team on and join in the celebration.

LAcarGuy Embraces Sustainable Living With Zero Waste BBQ’s For The Holidays

December 23, 2010 lacarguy Green Team, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Sustainable Works Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments


LAcarGUY doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to living green, we embrace it with arms wide open! Over the years we have done many things to help minimize our carbon footprint, and with our new Open Charging Stations, helping others as well.

For the Holiday Season LAcarGUY are working with Sustainable Works to have Zero Waste BBQ’s at all ten of our dealerships and state-of-the-art body centers. We are not only leading by example, but also teaching others to follow in our footsteps as well.

In 2008, LAcarGUY completed the Sustainable Works Business Greening Program, which resulted in a fifty percent landfill waste reduction after implementing companywide recycling programs.
In working with Sustainable Works we are able to divert more than 90% of the waste generated for the holiday BBQ’s from landfills by recycling and composting.

We’d like to thank those that joined us this year at our events and are always looking for suggestions of how we can be more responsible to the environment, we look forward to doing even more great things in 2011.

LAcarGUY Dealerships' Hit Dockweiller Beach With Heal The Bay

October 1, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Green Team, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

On Saturday, September 25th, 50+ LAcarGUY employees, friends and family braved the heat and cleaned Santa Monica’s Dockweiller Beach as part of Heal the Bay’s 21st Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.  We joined a record-breaking number of volunteers that collected more than 50 tons of trash.

Some 14,131 volunteers made their way to the coast’s waterways from 9 a.m. to noon at 65 sites throughout the county, covering 101 miles and removing 103,524 pounds of debris.

Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) began in 1985 and has grown into a huge annual event. Every state with a coastline participates, including the Great Lakes states, and even some inland states clean river and lake shores. The one-day cleanup is international—at last count, over 60 nations participated—and may be the largest volunteer day on the planet.

Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are the Los Angeles County coordinators for the state of California’s Coastal Cleanup Day. We bring out over 10,000 volunteers to cleanup sites each year in L.A. County to over 50 sites along Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways.

LAcarGUY’s commitment to the community and the water around the South Bay is personal. Our president, Mike Sullivan, has been surfing the waves in the area his entire life and many staff join in activities around the beaches and surf regularly.

Most people clean at the beach and on foot, but there are also special cleanups for inland creeks, boaters, kayakers, and divers. By far the most common item picked up are cigarette butts. Some of the more unusual items found in recent years were a chandelier, a briefcase full of graham crackers, and a bridal gown.

City crews, families, local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and youth sports teams worked in tandem to gather and remove 103,524 pounds of debris.

Urban runoff from more than 200 storm drains flowing out to Santa Monica and San Pedro bays causes the vast majority of local ocean pollution. By removing tons of trash from beaches and inland neighborhoods, cleanup participants enhance quality of life, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy.

“Code Red” locations in need of special attention this year included Dominguez Channel, Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, the Los Angeles River and Encino’s Haskell Creek. These urban sites drain runoff from huge swaths of Los Angeles County and are overwhelmed by such litter as plastic bags and fast-food packaging.

Heal the Bay’s CCD campaigns have captured a cumulative 1.57 million pounds of trash since 1990. Cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and Styrofoam fragments are the most frequently found items at cleanups.

Sites covered the entire county this year, from Tujunga to Long Beach, Compton to Malibu. SCUBA dive teams canvassed under the Santa Monica and Redondo Beach piers, while a flotilla of kayakers removed trash from Marina del Rey.

LAcarGUY is proud to be involved with such an important part of the health of our beaches and water. Thank you Heal The Bay!

See the press release from Heal The Bay here

See the LAcarGUY Flickr photos or on our Facebook page

LAcarGUY's Mike Sullivan to participate in Electric Vehicle Roundtable

September 29, 2010 lacarguy Concept Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Green Team, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability, mike sullivan, Sustainable Business Council 0 Comments

We are excited to announce that LAcarGUY’s Mike Sullivan will be participating in the Sustainable Business Council’s Electric Vehicle roundtable this Thursday, September 30th. The roundtable is open to the public and is only $25. Click here to rsvp.

We have posted the press release with more info about the event and other panelists below.

SBCLA MIXER AND PANEL PRESENTS ELECTRIC VEHICLE ROUNDTABLE AND DRIVE-A-THON WITH KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th AT VALCUCINE IN BEVERLY HILLS

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — September 23, 2010 — The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA), a non-profit organization which provides a professional networking and education forum for Southern California businesses and individuals working with sustainable products, services, and processes, will host “Electric Vehicle Roundtable and Drive-a-thon.”

The panel features six key players in this fast-emerging and competitive industry who will help guide the audience through a topic that is especially integral to the fabric and future of Los Angeles. The event will take place on Thursday, September 30, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Valcucine’s showroom in Beverly Hills. The distinctive presentation reinforces SBCLA’s commitment to showcasing environmentally-conscious businesses, and spotlighting cutting-edge sustainability trends and best practices across a broad range of industry sectors.

Moderated by Plug In America’s (http://www.pluginamerica.org) VP, Paul Scott, who is also President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California, “Electric Vehicle Roundtable and Drive-a-thon” presents:

* Laura Marion, CFO, Aptera (http://www.aptera.com)
* K. Forest Beanum, VP of Public Affairs & Communications, CODA Automotive (http://www.codaautomotive.com)
* Richard Steinberg, Manager, Electric Vehicle Operations and Strategy, BMW of North America, LLC (http://www.bmwusa.com/ActiveE)
* Eric Shieh, Account Executive, Coulomb Technologies (http://www.coulombtech.com)
* Mike Sullivan, Owner and President, LAcarGUY (http://www.lacarguy.com/green)

This distinguished group of professionals—representing the cycle of invention to delivery and consumer use—will address the value proposition of these businesses and California’s leading role in the sector’s growth. “We will explain why this technology will improve our environment, strengthen our economy and increase our national security,” states Paul Scott, VP, Plug In America. “With the new era of electric vehicles mere months away, this is information vital to anyone who cares about these issues,” Scott added. Specific topics may include:

* Why is the timing for electric vehicles more ideal now than when “Who Killed the Electric Car” was released in 2006? What has changed? Or has it?
* What are the sustainable aspects of the vehicle industry vs. other forms of mobility, especially in Los Angeles?
* What are the economic implications of millions of Californians switching from 60% foreign oil to 100% domestic renewable electricity?
* What do national security experts say about the need to switch from oil to electricity as the energy source for our transportation fleet?
* What plug-in vehicles are available today and what will be available in the near future?
* How many charging stations are there, and how many are really needed?
* What companies are opening electric vehicle showrooms in L.A.?
* How important is the L.A. market as a model for electric vehicle adoption?
* What are the predictions for the future of electric vehicle adoption? What will be future trends?

“On behalf of the SBCLA board, I am thrilled to welcome such a strong representation of this vibrant, rapidly-expanding industry to the Valcucine showroom,” said Laura Berland-Shane, member of the SBCLA board of directors, and business development manager of Alternative Energy at SIEMENS Industry. “We anticipate a lively discourse that will inform and hopefully inspire creative thinking and planning in light of the current electric vehicle renaissance. We are particularly excited to note that many of the companies we will hear from are California-based.”

Event Registration
Advance registration is required to attend SBCLA’s “Electric Vehicle Roundtable and Drive-a-thon” panel discussion and drive-a-thon. To RSVP, please visit http://www.sustainablebc.org.

General admission price of $25 includes:

* Admission to “Electric Vehicle Roundtable and Drive-a-thon” mixer and panel discussion.
* Electric Vehicle displays.
* Tour of Valcucine’s showroom featuring sustainable kitchen furnishings.
* Light refreshments

Event Sponsors:
The event is sponsored by Stonefield Josephson, Inc. LAcarGUY, Valcucine, “Dom,” Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss, Summa Marketing Communications, New Belgium Brewing, Evenson Design Group and dubroWorks Public Relations/Marketing/ Project Management.

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LAcarGUY offers automotive products and services to our greater Los Angeles area customers. The company carries a comprehensive line of vehicles by Volkswagen, Toyota, Scion, Audi, Lexus and Porsche, providing new and used cars featuring hybrids, TDI clean diesel and other industry-leading alternatives. LAcarGUY counts the nation’s top selling Toyota and Lexus Hybrid destinations as part of its family of dealerships. They also offer trusted car repair, original car parts, and financing as well two dedicated body shops.

Porsche Green Lights 718-HP 918 Spyder; Hybrid Said to Get 78 Miles Per Gallon

August 13, 2010 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Green Team, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Porsche Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The Supervisory Board at Porsche this week gave the green light for series development of the 918 Spyder, the 718-horsepower all-wheel-drive hybrid sports car with outstanding fuel economy and claimed 3.2-seconds 0-62 mph quickness.
Taken from drawing to 2010 Geneva Auto Show in less than five months, the 918 Spyder mixes a 500-hp, 9,200-rpm, 3.4-liter gasoline V8 with two electric motors for a combined 718 hp. Porsche has calculated that it could be quicker than the old Carrera GT around the Nordschleife.

The 918 Spyder, one of three hybrid models Porsche presented in Geneva, can go up to 25 kilometers (15 miles) on electric power. The two-seater reportedly limits gasoline consumption to three liters per 100 kilometers (78.4 miles per gallon) and emits just 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

No time line has been given for when the car  will be ready for the road, but Green Car Advisor doesn’t expect the first production models before the spring of 2012. Pricing has not been announced, but Bloomberg news service has reported it could cost $630,000. Porsche said more details will be disclosed in coming weeks.

The car was just unveiled for West Coast US eyes last night at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Thanks Edmunds.com Green Car Advisor

Toyota Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Prius Sales

July 29, 2010 lacarguy Green Team, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. — This week marks 10 years since Toyota launched the Prius, its highly popular hybrid vehicle with the gas/electric powertrain. To commemorate the occasion, executives shared a wide array of data connected with this model’s success.

During the past decade, the automaker has moved more than 1.8 million Prius models worldwide, with almost 900,000 of those sales in the U.S. alone.

Toyota calculated the environmental savings Prius owners provided. Based on formulas from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. consumers who own a Prius have prevented an estimated 9 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere versus if they operated a conventional vehicle.

Furthermore, the automaker contends Prius owners have conserved approximately 650 million gallons of gas, resulting in a net savings of about $1.5 billion.

Toyota recalled the first Prius came to North America in July of 2000. That year, executives remembered that the toast of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Hummer H2, while national gas prices averaged about $1.50 per gallon.

Starting out, the automaker established modest sales goals for the Prius of 12,000 units per year. OEM officials remained steadfast in their defense of the vehicle despite some unflattering early reviews.

“With a real-world 35 mpg, this is a car that neither enthusiasts nor greenies can fully embrace,” Toyota recollected one industry magazine stating.

Toyota also contends competing manufacturers announced that hybrids were “not an economical or practical solution” to America’s future needs. The company believed many OEMs insisted that Toyota had provided the solution to a problem that did not exist.

“Prius owners, however, felt otherwise,” Toyota officials declared. “Widely characterized as extreme environmentalists, early Prius adopters were actually more likely to be tech-savvy professionals.

“Those first owners, well aware of public events and global developments, were conscious of the impact of their own choices,” Toyota management went on to say. “They became articulate advocates for the technology. Soon, demand outstripped supply, and production had to be stepped up as waiting lists became months long.”

As fuel costs spiked, the automaker discovered a clear economic rationale for purchase emerged.

“Driving a Prius delivered a new kind of satisfaction, based on a new set of values,” Toyota officials determined. “It was a car enriched with advanced features, in tune with global issues that assumed greater importance every year. It provided an affordable transportation solution that earlier all-electric cars did not, as it was able to use existing infrastructure without concerns for recharging or range limitations.”

Now, Toyota said the Prius is the third-best selling vehicle in its lineup. The company also asserts owner loyalty figures are among the highest in the automotive industry.

“Toyota recognized in the 1990s that sustainable transportation would become a huge challenge in the coming decades,” said Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA.

“Those realizations proved accurate, and if anything, even more profound considering what we know today,” Lentz added.

Refining the Prius

Toyota delved into how the Prius’ technology has improved since its launch.

With the first-generation compact Prius, buyers got 97 combined horsepower and were told to expect 41 mpg. Now a decade later, the midsize Prius has 134 horsepower and delivers an EPA rating of 50 mpg overall.

Compared to the original model, Toyota believes the 2010 Prius is bigger, faster and even cleaner. While the first generation was classified as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV), the automaker noted the current Prius is a SULEV/AT-PZEV, meaning that it meets super-ultra-low-emissions-vehicle requirements, and emits zero emissions at rest.

As the technology improved, Toyota remembered how reviews significantly changed, too. When Motor Trend named the Prius the 2004 Car of the Year, Toyota indicated magazine officials declared they were “thoroughly impressed with the Prius as not only a technological marvel, but as a truly liveable sedan.”

At the same time, Toyota recalled how The Car Connection described the Prius as “nothing less than the world’s most sophisticated powertrain ever delivered to ordinary customers.”

Insights into Prius Development

Toyota shared some of the details of how its company brain trust developed the vehicle.

According to officials, creating the unit that became the Prius was accomplished in a relatively short amount of time through use of computer models to design and prove ideas. By minimizing the use of prototypes, Toyota engineers believe they changed the way vehicles are designed and built.

The automaker indicated many of the components had to be invented from scratch. Those that had already been invented, such as regenerative brakes and electronic power steering, needed to be improved and adapted for mass production. Global standards for electronic components had to be set and new software needed to be written.

Toyota pointed out a total of nine on-board processors were needed to manage the power delivery between engine, battery, brakes and motor/generator. Many motors and batteries were developed, tested, and discarded before they could be proven. Engines had to be converted to run on the more efficient Atkinson Cycle to power a new, unique transaxle.

Furthermore, the manufactured stressed a completely new type of instrumentation had to be developed. With the Prius, Toyota said there was a need to monitor the interplay between the engine and the battery, leading to a display that kept the driver informed of the status on both counts.

The OEM declared the new instrumentation empowered the drivers to improve mileage by altering their technique, turning driving into an interactive game.

“Today, mileage feedback displays are in use on almost every new vehicle on the market,” Toyota interjected.

The automaker went on to note unprecedented quality-control standards had to be instituted. The reason was motors and batteries had to be reliable enough for stationary use also proved vulnerable to heat, cold and vibration. Officials established multimillion-dollar joint ventures in order to assure the G21 Project, as it was called, could one day lead to a mass-produced vehicle.

“These investments were made in an automotive environment that was dominated by sales of trucks and SUVs; in a world that The Economist described as ‘drowning in oil,'” Toyota recalled.

“Through it all, Toyota management remained convinced that their goal of combining fuel efficiency with environmental performance would one day be appreciated,” executives added.

Today, Toyota contends there are nearly 30 hybrid models on the road from 12 brands with more on the drawing boards. The manufacturer indicated many of the patents filed during the development of the original Prius are now licensed to other OEMs that also take advantage of Toyota’s initial R&D investment.

“Nevertheless, one out of every two hybrids on American roads is a Prius, which remains the benchmark to which all hybrid cars are compared,” Toyota emphasized.

Prius of the Future

One significant advancement is the Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

The company indicated a fleet of Prius Plug-In vehicles is now in a global-demonstration program aimed at proving their capabilities and fine-tuning the design to meet customer expectations.

Toyota mentioned that the unit is designed with small Lithium-Ion battery packs that are aimed to help the PHV produce less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional hybrid vehicles. A commercial PHV is scheduled to go on sale in 2012.

Longer term, Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive components and software are intended to provide a direct bridge to clean, efficient drivetrains of the future. And while breakthrough technologies are on the horizon, the automaker believes continuing gains in battery technology and internal combustion engines keep the Prius competitive.

“Even in a world of alternative fuels, electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, it’s a good bet that Prius cars based on Hybrid Synergy Drive will be around for a long time to come,” Toyota declared.

Prius Timeline with Significant Dates and Milestones

—1990: Meetings begin concept work on Project G21, “a car for the 21st Century” in Toyota City and at the Higashifugi Technical Center. The fuel economy target was 20 kilometers per liter, about 50 percent better than other passenger vehicles of the time.

—January 1994: Project team addresses drivetrain, chassis and packaging decisions. The team was granted the right to develop new parts from scratch “if necessary.”

—July 1994: G21 Project, Phase III begins, accelerating development for production of the Prius parallel to development of Toyota’s experimental hybrid system.

—June 1995: Toyota Hybrid System approved and code-named 890T.

—October 1995: Hybrid concept Prius displayed at Tokyo Motor Show with propulsion system described as Toyota-EMS (Energy Management System).

—December 1996: Anticipating the future EV and hybrid vehicle market, Panasonic EV Energy was established as a joint venture between Matsushita and Toyota.

—December 1997: Gen 1 Prius launched in Japan after a final design period of 17 months. Wins Japan Car of the Year award and Global Climate Protection Award from the U.S. EPA, among other accolades.

—1998: Announced in July that Toyota would export 20,000 units annually to North America and Europe.

—2000: Post-Prius era of automotive history begins. From this time on, the concept of environmental performance begins to take root, and all economy cars would be compared to the Prius.

—2003: Prius sales hit 24,000 units, double the number originally planned.

—2004: Second generation Prius launched, called Car of the Year by Motor Trend.

—2007: Total U.S. Prius sales reach 500,000 units since it first launched in July 2000.

—2008: National average gas prices hit $4.09 per gallon on July 7.

—2009: Third generation Prius launched as 2010 model with larger 1.8-liter engine, 0.25 co-efficient of drag and 51 mpg city.

Thanks AutoRemarketing.com

Fisker Automotive Takes Possession of Former GM Factory to Build Plug-In Hybrids

July 19, 2010 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Fisker Santa Monica, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

IRVINE, CA – July 19, 2010: American automaker Fisker Automotive today finalized its purchase of a former GM factory where it will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The southern California-based company is now in full possession of the 3.2 million square foot Wilmington Assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware, for which it paid Motors Liquidation Company (MLC) $20 million. MLC is the holding company formed by General Motors Corporation’s bankruptcy.

The purchase is supported by a $528.7 million Department of Energy loan for the development of two lines of plug-in hybrids.

The Wilmington plant will be home to Project NINA, Fisker’s second line of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and where Fisker expects to ultimately create more than 2,000 factory jobs.

“This is a major step toward creating thousands of manufacturing jobs and restoring America as a leader in the global auto industry,” said Bernhard Koehler, COO, Fisker Automotive. “Wilmington will be instrumental in fulfilling our plans to export more than half of Fisker premium plug-in hybrid production to global markets.”

Fisker announced its intent to acquire the idled factory in October 2009. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale last month.

The Wilmington Assembly plant opened in 1947 and produced more than 8.5 million vehicles before closing in mid 2009.

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About Fisker Automotive Inc: Fisker Automotive is a privately owned, premium American car company creating environmentally conscious vehicles with passion, style and performance. Globalheadquarters are in Irvine, California, USA.

The company was created in 2007 to leverage the design capabilities of Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, founded by auto design veterans Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler, and the PHEV powertrain capabilities of Quantum Fuel Systems
Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ-QTWW), a major Tier 1 supplier of clean vehicle technologies to automotive OEMs.

Previously, Fisker, CEO, was a board member and design director for Aston Martin, as well as president and CEO of BMW’s DesignworksUSA. Koehler, COO, led operations for Ford’s Global Advanced Design Studio and created concept cars for Aston Martin, MINI and BMW.

About LAcarGUY: Sullivan Automotive Group is also known as LAcarGuy.com, and offers automotive products and services to our greater Los Angeles area customers. The company carries a comprehensive line of vehicles by Toyota, Scion, Audi, Volkswagen, Lexus and Porsche, providing new and used cars, along with trusted car repair, original car parts, and financing as well a dedicated body shop. LAcarGUY’s Fisker Santa Monica is eagerly awaiting the opening of the marque location for Los Angeles and recently hosted the Fisker Road Show and last November held a private event for deposit holders to showcase the Karma vehicle.

LACarGuy’s Mike Sullivan Unveils Open-Access “Level 2” Electric Vehicle Charging Stations During Fisker Karma Preview Event

July 1, 2010 lacarguy Charging Stations, Electric Vehicles, Green Team, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGuy to be the First Automotive Dealership in the U.S. to Have Charging Stations for the New Plug-in Hybrid & Battery Electric Vehicles

LOS ANGELES – June 30, 2010 – Mike Sullivan, president of LAcarGuy, announced the installation of “Level 2” SAE J-1772 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations during a preview event for the upcoming Fisker Karma car ,the world’s first luxury hybrid plug-in electric vehicle with zero emissions.

Beginning this summer, anyone with a plug-in and hybrid vehicle will be able to drive up to an LAcarGuy dealership: Toyota Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica, Fisker Santa Monica and Lexus Santa Monica and get charged.

LAcarGuy will be the first automotive dealer in the U.S. to offer the “Level 2” SAE J-1772, the new industry standard for electric chargers. The “Level 2” chargers are compatible with all electric hybrid and plug-in vehicles. The number one hybrid dealer in the country has taken on the initiative to make adopting a greener lifestyle easier for Los Angeles residents.

“LAcarGuy is proud to be the first U.S. automotive dealership to offer the only industry-approved electric charging stations on the market,” said President of LAcarGuy, Mike Sullivan. “This is yet another step for us to support the community with sustainable options. It’s our commitment to ensuring that our daily driving habits contribute to a healthier planet.”

Winning the coveted Stevie Award for the “Most Innovative Company of the Year” from The 2010 American Business Awards program, the Fisker Karma is the first eco-chic sports car developed in eco-friendly facilities.

Driven by their mission to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil and lower emissions, the Fisker features all carefully sourced environmentally sound materials like wood trim from ‘non-living’ trees, EcoGlass derived from recyclable sand, and soft-hand textiles composed of 100-percent bamboo viscose.

LAcarGuy’s Fisker Santa Monica will be the only automotive retailer to carry the Fisker Karma in Los Angeles.

About LAcarGuy: As the number one hybrid dealer in the country, Mike Sullivan’s LAcarGuy houses 10 automotive dealerships throughout greater Los Angeles with a commitment to the environment and a cleaner America. A fixture in the Los Angeles community since Mike’s father, “Sully” opened his first dealership in 1964, Mike serves on the Regional Board of Directors for Global Green and on the Advisory Board for the Environmental Media Association. Practicing what he preaches, Mike’s home is completely off-the-grid with 100-percent solar power and a seventh electric car charger that has been installed in his garage. He was honored as “Man of the Year” by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization in 2009 and was Richmond Family Center’s 2009 “King of Hearts.” Today, he is committed to making a difference for our planet with “green teams” implemented at each of his dealerships and the “Driving Green” incentive program, which donates $100 of every car sold to a green charity of the driver’s choice.

For more information visit www.lacarguy.com or contact Susan Emmer at susan@farmacyagency.com or 917-841-4407.

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LAcarGUY Sponsors the 14th Annual Millennium Awards

June 9, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Global Green USA, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Mike Sullivan’s LAcarGUY is a proud sponsor of this weekend’s Global Green USA 14th Annual Global Green USA Millennium Awards in Santa Monica. Presented annually, the Millennium Awards recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA’s mission of fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.

This year, the Millennium Awards will be held on Saturday June 12th at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Honorees include our own President Matt Petersen, James Cameron & Suzy Amis Cameron, the US EPA, the UC System, and the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences.

LAcarGUY’s Toyota Santa Monica, Lexus Santa Monica and Toyota of Hollywood will provide cars and drivers to transport five celebrities (we’ll reveal them soon) to the event.

Saturday, June 12 • 6:30PM VIP Reception • 7:00PM Cocktail Reception • 7:30PM Dinner

Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

CHAIRS: Bob Bucklin | Leonardo Dicaprio | Jim Gianopulos | Tom Roell | Tom Rothman |
Diane Meyer Simon
CO-CHAIRS: Sebastian Copeland | Salma Hayek | Zem Joaquin | Lyn & Norman Lear |
Pat Mitchell & Scott Seydel | Ann & Jerry Moss | Lynda & Stewart Resnick
VICE-CHAIRS: Melony & Adam Lewis | Pierre-Andre Senizergues | Christiana Wyly

ELECTED OFFICIALS HONORARY COMMITTEE: Lucille Roybal-Allard | Henry Waxman | John Chiang | Fran Pavley | Karen Bass | Julia Brownley | Kevin De Leon | Dave Jones | Antonio Villaraigosa | Gavin Newsom | Wendy Greuel | Eric Garcetti | Jan Perry | Janice Hahn | Terry O’Day