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BOSE DESIGNS EXTRA-LIGHT, HIGHLY EFFICIENT MUSIC SYSTEM FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART ELECTRIC CAR

 BOSE DESIGNS EXTRA-LIGHT, HIGHLY EFFICIENT MUSIC SYSTEM FOR
 STATE-OF-THE-ART ELECTRIC CAR
 PHOENIX, Ariz., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- When the Solectria "Force" electric car powers around the track in the Solar & Electric 500 races April 24-26, it will take with it a specially designed Bose sound system that combines low weight with rich, high-performance musical reproduction.
 The "Force," designed and manufactured by the Arlington, Mass.-based Solectria Corporation, is one of the world's most advanced electric vehicles. Built around a state-of-the-art electronic drive system, the Force features a safe, visually appealing body design, virtually emission-free operation and performance rivaling that of conventional gasoline powered vehicles. Using stored battery energy from any standard 110V electrical outlet (or from optional solar panels), the Force has a range of 150 miles and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 20 seconds. Fuel cost for electricity is less than 1 cent per mile.
 "The challenge here was to create a music system that works within the weight and power restrictions presented by this unique vehicle -- without compromising in terms of rich, faithful musical reproduction," Brandon Westley, general manager of the Bose OEM Division, said today. "I'm proud to say it's a challenge we've met, with a Bose system that delivers smooth, natural sound with plenty of punch."
 The design of the audio package began with a drive point study in the car's interior to determine the optimum locations for producing rich, distortion-free bass. Next, a spatial study was conducted to calculate the ideal speaker location and direction for spacious, natural stereo imaging. Components were then selected based on their combination of low weight and high acoustical and electrical efficiency.
 The Bose music system for the Solectria Force consists of two dash- mounted low mass Bose 6.5-inch drivers, two dash-mounted 2.5-inch Bose Twiddlers and two 6.5-inch Twiddlers on angled mounts in the rear deck. Rounding out the system are high-efficiency amplifiers delivering 85 watts (maximum) of clean power and a high-performance electronically tuned radio/CD player.
 Total system weight is a featherlight 12.5 pounds -- 33 percent lower than typical Bose systems, which themselves are generally lighter than typical Bose systems, which themselves are generally lighter than competing high-end autosound packages.
 The Solar & Electric 500, sponsored by the Arizona Public Service Company, is the world's premiere racing showcase of solar and electric- powered vehicles. The event, which takes place in Phoenix, begins Friday, April 24, and ends Sunday, April 26.
 Bose Corporation of Framingham, Mass., was founded in 1964 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Amar G. Bose. One of the best known names in the world of audio equipment, Bose high fidelity loudspeakers are the best selling in the world and Bose is the leading supplier of customized sound systems to carmakers worldwide. Bose invented the category of high performance acoustically tailored music systems for individual car models in 1982. Today, Bose systems are available in cars from Acura, Audi, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan.
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 /CONTACT: Borman Associates, 212-977-5100, for Bose/ CO: Bose Corporation ST: Massachusetts IN: AUT SU: PDT


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