Galpin's Green History

Electric vehicles made their debut in the late 1800s as a cleaner and quieter alternative to the noisy and high-polluting gasoline and steam-powered vehicles of the day. By the early 1900s, a third of all vehicles on the road were battery electric vehicles (BEVs). By the 1930s, however, they had all but vanished from the road as gasoline was more convenient and inexpensive, and battery technology had not kept up.

Throughout the years there have been many experimental alternative fuel vehicles produced by various auto manufacturers, including hydrogen fuel cell, compressed natural gas, turbine-powered, hybrid gas-electric, and of course full-electric vehicles. 

The desire to move away from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has resulted in a resurgence of EVs in recent years. There are now dozens of models in every shape and size available from virtually every car manufacturer, and the technology continues to improve at a rapid pace.


Southern California celebrates Galpin’s opening of the first methanol service station for the consumer on July 4, 1982. 

Galpin is committed to managing and reducing our environmental impacts. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) greatly reduce the amount of non-renewable energy needed for personal transportation. Electric vehicles also require reduced maintenance and offer lots of flexibility for owners. Galpin is proud to be an advocate of electric vehicles and a sustainable future.

How We're Continuing Our Pledge

Galpin is proud to offer electric vehicles and hybrids from 8 different manufacturers, including Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Volkswagen and Volvo. We want to help our customers understand the benefits of EVs and how they can fit into their lives, in addition to helping create a more sustainable energy future for generations to come.

Emissions Reduction

BEVs and hybrid electric vehicles can help minimize emissions much more than traditional cars. The amount an EV or hybrid vehicle can reduce emissions varies from vehicle to vehicle and the type of power generation in use for your area. These vehicles generate no greenhouse gas when they run in electric mode.

Sustainable Energy

Using electricity instead of fossil fuels for power, electric vehicles are one way of contributing to a greener planet. EVs are a valuable asset for a sustainable energy future because they provide the possibility to store and use electricity generated from renewable sources, rather than non-renewable fossil fuels.

Fuel Economy

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) are often more fuel-efficient and have a more cost-effective operation than conventional gasoline vehicles. The high performance and efficiency of electric powertrains allow HEVs and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) to considerably reduce gasoline expenses.

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