MINNEAPOLISDick Kelly, chief executive officer of Xcel Energy, is one of seven Xcel employees chosen to drive a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, modified to run as a plug-in hybrid, or electric car, according to the Star Tribune. Kelly and the others will "provide feedback to the company on the vehicles as part of our testing program," Xcel said.

The benefit to Kelly, who got the car in December, was listed at $898 for 2008, reported the Tribune.

Kelly reportedly accepted the vehicle in lieu of a cash bonus on top of his $1.2 million salary, according to the Tribune.


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