Millions of dollars could be saved if large organizations switch to electric or hybrid vehicles, study finds

Study conducted by Xcel Energy in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Nearly $2.5 million dollars would be saved if a fleet of 184 vehicles were switched to all-electric or or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

That’s according to a new Xcel Energy study conducted in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado.

The cities of La Crosse and Eau Claire, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System took part in the Xcel Energy study.

The vehicles could also save more than 45,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Xcel is hoping the study will give them a look at the future of transportation.

“As time goes on, we think that more and more vehicles out on the road are going to be electric vehicles. Our interest is we have to make sure that we can serve those vehicles,” said Mike Herro, Xcel Energy community service manager.

Xcel Energy filed a request in November with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to provide an electric vehicle charging program for residential, commercial and fleet customers.

The company expects a decision later this spring.