Paul Scott Becomes EV Activist-Salesman

By · August 30, 2010

Paul Scott, Charging Up Nissan LEAF in Japan

Paul Scott, charging up the Nissan LEAF, during his recent trip to Nissan's headquarters in Japan.

As one of the founding members of Plug-in America, Paul Scott has been on the front lines of the fight to bring electric cars to American roads. Five years ago, the means to achieve that goal was to fight the auto industry. Today, with the pending introduction of mainstream plug-in cars like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, the activist has turned to a much different strategy: selling cars.

Over the weekend, Scott announced on his blog that he has accepted a position at Santa Monica Nissan to exclusively sell the all-electric LEAF. Referring to the EV revolution now underway, Scott writes, “I have had the privilege of a front row seat to this amazing sequence of events, and now I want to do more than talk and write about it, I want to literally replace the dirty cars with clean ones.”

Scott will split his time selling LEAFs for Santa Monica Nissan and selling solar photovoltaic systems for SolarCity. According to Scott, that makes him the first person on Earth to sell EV and PV together. “One by one, I want to replace those filthy internal combustion engines using 60 percent foreign oil, with clean, powerful motors using domestically-produced, renewable kWh generated from sunlight and wind,” Scott writes.

So, now LEAF buyers in Southern California can put aside fears about encountering an old-school car salesman that doesn’t know or doesn’t care about electric cars. Instead, they can go to Paul Scott, one of the most knowledgeable and trusted sources of information in the EV movement.

With that level of trust—all too uncommon on the dealership floor—Scott will attract more than his share of customers in Southern California, one of the major hot spots for EV sales in the United States. Given that, he has a decent shot at realizing his new ambition. As he writes, “I intend to be the number one LEAF salesman in the world.”

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