FORT MYERS, Fla.- Florida Power and Light Company says it is going green with its vehicles. Eighty five percent of them use non-fossil fuels. A company spokeswoman explained, cheaper fuel costs can benefit consumers.
"I do know we have the lowest consumer costs of all 55 utilities in the state," said Marie Bertot. "That is a result of our energy conservation programs, and certainly our green fleet too."
She showed WINK News, the Nissan Leaf that many company employees use for daily business.
It plugs in to a regulare electrical outlet to charge the battery. It can use a 120 volt outlet to charge. It runs about 80 miles on a full charge. Bertot says it saves about 80 percent on maintenance and gas.
Jim Coolman, an FPL customer in Fort. Myers, would like the company to share any savings.
"They should reimburse us if they are paying less on fuel and so on," he told WINK.
FPL customer James Zhang agreed.
"They are a little too greedy. If they save, then everyone should save," he said.
Bertot says the savings help to keep costs as low as they are. However, FPL is getting a rate increase in January, and it's charging more money to upgrade its two nuclear power plants, to make them more efficient.
Bertot says the company wants to show consumers the advantages of 'green' vehicles. The company has a website with questions and answers about electric-powered cars. Click here to check it out.