By Brad Brandton

What if I told you that Washington State car dealers are on the front lines to fight climate change? I do not blame you for taking double action. But I ask that you listen to me – that I may allow the sale.

The products we are proud to sell have received electric vehicles from local dealers. That was not the case fifteen years ago. In the early days, electric vehicles were questionable in terms of quality and price for most consumers. Manufacturers are built primarily to satisfy the needs of the government, not the needs of the customers. EVs did not have the limits or power that most customers needed, and infrastructure was just beginning.

Everyone liked the idea of ​​electric cars. But the original products were only a shocking cost to the market. They were luxurious in many ways.

EVs improved. Today they are efficient and powerful. They can travel the same long distances as most petrol cars. And embraced local merchants. Why not? We are in the business of selling cars.

If it looks like a car, runs like a car and is cared for by American consumers, we sell as much as we can.

Washington is proud to be a national leader in EVA sales. Today, the largest electric vehicles in the world, except for Texas, Florida, and California, are registered. One of the 25 cars on our roads is electric.

One million electric vehicles must be registered by 2030 and two million by 2035 to achieve the Olympic Glory decarbonization goals. Washington car dealers are eager to fulfill their duty as corporate citizens to help them achieve those goals. And so we sell EVs.

Some have suggested changing state laws to allow merchants to pass and allow producers to sell directly to consumers. This is a mistake. The best way to meet the government’s targets for deploying electric vehicles is to use the distribution network, without breaking it.

There are 16,600 franchise car dealers in the United States – and more than 300 in Washington alone. These local distributors provide sales, professional and certified services, transactions, titles and registrations to consumers across the state. Consumers are given the ability to serve their cars locally – to the central service station instead of driving for hours.

They also provide well-paying jobs to more than a million people nationwide, including more than 40,000 in Washington. In addition, local entrepreneurs provide a path to management for those who are willing to work hard: a four-year college degree is not required.

Buying from a distributor is not like buying from a remote manufacturer. We offer human touch rather than numbers 1-800. Many distributors have taken root in their communities – and have been for generations.

Like a house or an apartment, a car is one of the biggest purchases in the United States. We want our customers to keep coming back.

As the EVA revolution unfolds, our teams will all become “green” businesses. Cadillac merchants across the United States have begun investing in EV certification.

Customers are enthusiastic. Cadillac sold the first edition of Lyriq EV, which was distributed by local distributors in 19 minutes. Our distributor family has taken a four-year price for the GMC Hummer EV. We are waiting for the cars to arrive.

Examples like this show high demand for the future, intense competition, and distributor service for electric vehicles.

For decades, local distributors have cared for buyers, owners, and sellers of internal combustion engines. We do the same for AVs.

Brad Brandon is the owner of Brother Cadillac Book GMC in Renton.