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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

La Crosse County looks to save money on gas, go green

From a story on WEAU-TV:

La Crosse County leaders are trying to find ways to improve efficiency and save money.

They’re “going green” by replacing old gas-guzzling vehicles with electric options.

"There are a lot of jobs that electric vehicles can do just as good, if not better, and save the county money in the long run,” said Nick Nichols, La Crosse County Sustainability Coordinator.

Nichols says you can only drive the electric vehicles on city streets – and the speed limit has to be under 35-miles-per-hour.

"Gasoline is up around $2.30, $2.40 a gallon right now,” he said. “To charge up this vehicle with gasoline, gallon-equivalent is about 15-cents."

And with a tight budget, this move is something the county is excited about.

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