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BDM AND ELECTROSOURCE ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- BDM International, Inc., and Electrosource, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELSI), today announced a strategic alliance that will facilitate the manufacturing of advanced lead acid batteries to meet the requirements of electric vehicles that are already being mandated by state laws.
 "The nation has faced two obstacles to the widespread use of electric vehicles," said BDM President and Chief Executive Officer Philip A. Odeen. "One was the development of a powerful, lightweight battery that can be recharged quickly and has a long operating life. The other was the technology to manufacture the battery once it was developed. The alliance we're announcing today will address and solve both of those problems."
 Electrosource, an Austin, Texas, research and development company, has designed and tested a high-performance lead acid battery -- using woven lead mesh instead of heavy lead plates -- that will help overcome the major impediments to public acceptance of electric cars, Odeen explained. BDM Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of BDM International, Inc., will design and integrate the manufacturing plants to produce the batteries and provide other services as well.
 "New manufacturing facilities will be required to produce the Electrosource batters," Odeen said. "However, we have the technology to design and build the plants. Manufacturing will not be an impediment to the large-scale introduction of the new battery."
 According to automotive industry analysts, the primary limitations of electric vehicles (EVs) have revolved around the batteries -- storage capacity, time needed to recharge, frequency of replacement and the cost of production.
 "The Electrosource Horizon battery solves these and other problems,d? Electrosource CEO Benny Jay, who explained that the Horizon battery:
 -- can be recharged 50 percent in 8 minutes and 99 percent in
 half an hour and travel more than 100 miles between charges;
 -- can sustain more than 900 charge/discharge cycles, which
 according to independent tests, means the battery will last
 approximately 80,000 miles;
 -- has shown, in other testing, a significantly higher storage
 capacity to weight ratio than previous batteries and delivers
 more than 52 watt-hours per kilogram specific energy;
 -- can be manufactured for significantly less than other advanced
 batteries (such as nickel iron batteries).
 The Horizon advantages come from its use of a grid woven from lead wire co-extruded onto a fiberglass core. This material, along with a horizontal layout of the battery's electrical plates, makes the Horizon lighter, stronger and able to withstand more charge/discharge cycles than traditional lead acid batteries.
 Electrosource has developed the technology using funds raised as a public company. Since early in 1992, Electrosource's development effort has been primarily funded by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the research and development organization of the U.S. electric utility industry. EPRI has spent more than $80 million to identify effective battery technologies for the future.
 "To date, our development has not produced anything as exciting as the battery that we see at Electrosource," said EPRI's manager for technology commercialization, Jack Guy.
 Jay noted that Electrosource has applied aerospace and defense electronic design techniques to the widely used lead acid electrochemical process to produce a technology that yields significant battery performance gains and substantial reductions in manufacturing costs.
 "The advanced lead acid technology has a host of applications that range from batteries for notebook computers to space platforms to low-infrared vehicles for the military," Jay said. "But the most immediate use will be to power the electric cars that will go into production in the very near future."
 Production of EVs will be necessary if the auto industry is to meet new environmental laws that are already in place in California, New York and Massachusetts and under consideration in a number of other states, Jay explained.
 The California law mandates that, beginning in 1998, 2 percent of all vehicles lighter than 3,750 pounds sold in the state produce no tailpipe emissions. Only EVs are capable of meeting that requirement. The share of zero emission vehicles increases to 5 percent by 2001 and 10 percent by 2003.
 "California alone will require more than half a million EVs in the next decade, and the national figures could be three times that number," Jay said. "The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 require that over 7 million zero emission vehicles be on U.S. roadways in the two decades from 1998-2018. The challenge is to design a manufacturing system and build new factories that can produce enough batteries to meet those requirements."
 To meet that challenge, Jay added, Electrosource formed a strategic alliance with BDM, a large professional services company with substantial experience in designing and installing advanced manufacturing systems. BDM's work in industrial modernization initiatives includes enterprise integration technology, computer integrated manufacturing, concurrent engineering, information resources management and the application of systems development methodology and product life cycles to support systems and software development programs.
 The company has developed advanced manufacturing systems for a wide range of commercial clients including auto manufacturers. BDM will develop the automated tooling and assembly line systems essential to volume production of the batteries, design and integrate the manufacturing facilities and support the manufacturing process. BDM's work in IPM (Intelligent Processing of Materials) will enhance and strengthen its integration of modern production facilities.
 "Intelligent manufacturing technologies will be used to make the new, advanced lead acid batteries," Odeen said. "BDM has the experience and expertise to design and integrate these state-of-the- art, automated manufacturing facilities." In addition, BDM will assist Electrosource in establishing corporate relationships, joint and other commercial ventures, marketing activities, and research and development projects.
 "The potential of the Electrosource advanced lead acid technology is enormous and encompasses space and defense, as well as a myriad of private sector applications," Odeen said. "We are looking forward to using our resources and expertise to help make that potential a reality in the years to come."
 BDM Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of BDM International, Inc. is headquartered in McLean (metropolitan Washington). BDM Technologies assists private sector and international clients and state and local government agencies. It provides scientific, engineering, and technical services in transportation, distribution systems, information management, office automation, human resource management and delivery, advanced manufacturing technology, and other areas. The parent company, BDM International, has approximately 4,500 employees and operates in more than 60 worldwide locations.
 Electrosource is a publicly owned Delaware corporation headquartered in Austin.
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 /NOTE: Horizon is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: David Swanston for BDM, 703-734-3300/
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