CMA & Sustainability

 
CMA wants to be on the forefront of climate solutions. In 2018, we built a solar superstructure for CMA's Colonial Nissan, which now powers the entire dealership in Charlottesville, VA. It was the first solar dealership in Virginia, but not the last! In 2019, we added solar panels to CMA's Colonial Subaru near Richmond, VA, and in 2020 we went solar at CMA's Volvo Cars of Charlottesville!

Another way we are working towards sustainability is by embracing vehicle electrification. CMA has partnered with Community Climate Collaborative in their Driving Climate Solutions campaign to introduce broad sections of the community to Electric Vehicles (EVs) by documenting the first hand experiences of some of our neighbors.

Powered by the Sun

In 2018, CMA's Colonial Nissan became the first dealership in Virginia powered by the sun. With the help of SunTribe Solar, we built a one-of-a-kind solar superstructure above our rooftop parking deck. In the first couple of months live, we generated MORE THAN 100% of the energy needed to power our entire dealership! The unique project has a roof consisting of 480 solar panels, which now produce roughly 214,000 kWh annually and generate 93% of the electricity needed to power the dealership. We are well above our own expectations!

CMA also partnered with Community Climate Collaborative in Charlottesville for their Driving Climate Solutions campaign to introduce broad sections of the community to Electric Vehicles (EVs). CMA's Colonial Nissan provided C3 with a fully electric Nissan LEAF to put community leaders and influencers behind the wheel for a day to experience first-hand what it's like to drive an EV.

Embracing Solar at CMA's Colonial Subaru

CMA built a brand new state-of-the-art Subaru dealership in 2016 to serve the Richmond market. CMA's Colonial Subaru is just south of Richmond on I95 in Chester, VA. We built with sustainability in mind, including LED lighting inside and on the lot, sustainable building materials, and eliminating plastic anywhere we could.

In 2019, we built a solar array on the roof of CMA's Colonial Subaru. The project includes 4,860 square feet of solar panels, which generates 60-70% of the electricity needed to power the dealership.

CMA's 3rd Solar Dealership

Volvo has long been one of the world's leading automotive companies regarding sustainability, including building the first-ever water-based automotive paint facility in the 1980s, using organic and non-allergenic materials in their vehicles, and ensuring that every part of every Volvo is recyclable.

In 2019, CMA built our Volvo team a brand new dealership in Charlottesville, moving it from Ivy Road to Berkmar Drive. In 2020, we added solar panels and CMA's Volvo Cars of Charlottesville became our third dealership to be powered by the sun.