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Most of their electric vehicles are intended for off-street use

A former Salem new car dealership has a new purpose, and as of today, it’s bringing new life to the lot and showroom by selling electric vehicles. Most are intended for off-street use, a growing field for electric vehicle sales. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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When Dominion Dodge became one of the hundreds of dealers Chrysler terminated two years ago, they kept a parts and service business going, but the showroom and display lot were basically unused. Now Dominion’s owners has found a new purpose as Dominion Electric Vehicles.

These are not meant for highway use but mostly for off-road purposes: things like parking lot shuttles, security patrols, and college maintenance crews. Some can be licensed and used on public streets, but they’re only for use up to 25 mph.

Dominion Electric Vehicles’ owners say they are first dealer in Virginia to specialize in selling such vehicles.