Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Farmers' Insurance

I joined Councilmembers Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and Tom LaBonge as well as Kevin Kelso of Farmers' Insurance at an announcement just below the 1st Street Steps of City Hall. At the event, Farmers' announced that it has become the first auto insurer in the nation to offer a five percent discount to customers who drive hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. I have driven an electric car since taking office, pausing only to try out a hydrogen fuel cell prototype (the city has three of the $1.5 million vehicles on a $500/year lease from Honda). More importantly than my personal choice, the city has converted the vast majority of its fleet to hybrid vehicles, which has paid off in huge savvings as prices at the pump have shot up. Let me know if you've lessened your dependence on the dinosaur.