Bill Cabral of Cabral Chrysler Jeep of Manteca has been named the 2007 Dealer of the Year by Global Electric Motorcars, the Chrysler division that makes and sells the electric cars.
The award recognizes excellence in sales, service and support. Cabral's store won out among 152 GEM dealerships nationwide.
Cabral opened his Manteca dealership in 1957 and started selling GEM cars when they appeared on the market in 2001.
"Today, GEM sales in California and our surrounding regions are increasing as customers become more aware of the cost and environmental benefits of driving a GEM and as they see their friends driving them," Cabral said.
GEM, based in Fargo, N.D., noted 90 percent of the electric car's sales are generated by referrals and repeat customers.
To date, GEM has manufactured and distributed more than 36,000 low-speed, neighborhood electric vehicles worldwide. Most have gone to government agencies, resorts, planned communities and university/medical/corporate campuses.