La Crosse Looking at Electric Truck

It might be small, quiet and only travel at 25 miles per hour, but the mayor in La Crosse is hoping this fully electric truck is the future of day-to-day city business.

"What our hope is that, if in fact we get an opportunity to use one for three months, we can see that application and maybe have the ability to purchase more in the future,” says Mayor Mark Johnsrud.

He says the city will use the vehicle in different departments like parks and inspections to see where it can save the most money.

"I think this is new technology and we want to see if we use a vehicle like this that it's actually durable enough and lasts in city applications.”

Johnsrud says with high gas prices this would be a good way to cut costs.

"If we can reduce the cost of gasoline, diesel, and maintenance by having a vehicle which is basically a clean energy vehicle I think then we're moving in the right direction."

Chris Schneider with Honda Motorworks says he hopes the city will benefit from the experiment.

"We think that the city will see that refueling at two to three cents per mile rather than twenty or thirty cents a mile is a real benefit. Zero tailpipe emissions is a real benefit and hopefully it will be encouraging off-peak electric usage, “says Schneider.

Johnsrud says this little truck, could ultimately save you money.

"Our goal is to reduce costs and if we reduce costs in the long run that will reduce the impact on any property taxes in the future."

The city council still has to approve the loaner vehicle, and if that happens, the city could start using the electric truck this fall.


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