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Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Winner of the "FutureCar Challenge," to Recharge at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, One of Only Three Stops Between Sacramento, Calif. and Washington, D.C.

For more information contact:
George Douglas (303) 275-4096
or (303) 880-2913 (cellular)

Golden, Colo., July 15, 1997 -- Media are invited to photograph "FutureCar" winner and interview students who designed it.

What: The "FutureCar Challenge" winner, a modified Ford Taurus, will be on display as it recharges—partly from solar energy—during its cross-country trip to a Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles conference hosted by Vice President Al Gore.

The car, designed by students from the University of California at Davis, is powered by both an electric motor and a small gasoline engine and gets 62 miles per gallon of gasoline in highway driving. Yet it comfortably holds five passengers and offers common accessories—air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and power locks. The students' design placed first in the FutureCar competition (see next page), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and USCAR, a research organization created by Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.

While at NREL, the car will recharge its batteries at the lab's photovoltaic Outdoor Test Facility, where electricity producing solar panels are tested.

When: Wednesday, July 16. Call (303) 275-4096 to arrange access to the laboratory.

Where: NREL's Outdoor Test Facility. Check in at the Visitor's Center to be accompanied to the site.


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