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CHRYSLER, WESTINGHOUSE JOIN IN DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM

 CHRYSLER, WESTINGHOUSE JOIN IN DEVELOPMENT
 OF NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM
 LOS ANGELES, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) and Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) today announced a multi-million-dollar joint electric vehicle development program whose goal is to make the vehicle's performance more responsive to the demands of the market, including doubling the rate of vehicle acceleration and doubling the range.
 The two companies said they are working on a new electric propulsion system, concentrating on an advanced electric motor and power controller that could make dedicated vehicles accelerate from zero-60 mph in under 15 seconds. Currently, electric vehicles such as Chrysler's electric minivan (codenamed TEVan) require more than 25 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph.
 In addition, the system could make electric vehicles with a range of 200 miles per battery charge commercially viable by the late 1990s. Maximum driving range between electric battery charges today is about 120 miles.
 Chrysler indicated that the Westinghouse agreement represents a solid strategy for electric vehicle development, including a potential electric passenger car. The Chrysler/Westinghouse program will focus on advancing electric vehicle propulsion, including vehicle design, performance, reliability, weight, noise and cost.
 "We believe that substantial synergy exists between Westinghouse and Chrysler and together we can rapidly accelerate the development and commercialization of electric vehicles," said Chrysler's Jean Mallebay- Vacqueur, general manager-Special Projects Engineering. "Westinghouse is the right partner for Chrysler in this new technology."
 Noel Longuemare, vice president and general manager of the Westinghouse Systems Development and Technology Divisions, said, "We are bringing together proven, high reliability technology from several product areas to develop an advanced electric propulsion system that can deliver performance comparable to that of an internal combustion engine."
 Chrysler is aggressively continuing its ongoing electric-powered TEVan program initiated early in 1991 with the Electric Power Research Institute and remains a committed participant in the $260 million joint U.S. auto industry/federal government research program to develop a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles.
 The Chrysler/Westinghouse announcement comes at a time when federal and state regulations are being drafted or enacted to address a variety of air quality and energy issues. At the federal level, these include the U.S. Clean Air Act and the National Electric Vehicle Act of 1991. The various state initiatives, modeled after California's strict requirement for introducing zero emission vehicles in 1988, have been the major catalysts for electric vehicle commercialization.
 Electricity currently is the only alternative fuel that satisfies the requirement for zero emissions.
 Compared to the more complex, direct current (DC) motors presently employed in many electric-powered research vehicles, the Westinghouse design relies on an alternating current (AC) induction motor. Its less complicated design promises lower cost, higher efficiency, greater power density ratings and increased reliability.
 The highly efficient motor controller, which includes more advanced electronics than existing controllers, uses proprietary vector control algorithms to provide smooth operation at all speeds. The controller also doubles as a battery charger so that the vehicle can be plugged directly into a conventional 110- or 220-volt outlet for charging. Since the controller also performs the charging function, no additional weight for a separate on-board charger is necessary.
 The propulsion system also utilizes full regenerative braking that minimizes heat loss and returns the unspent energy to the battery to further enhance vehicle driving range.
 This propulsion system is being tailored to meet specific Chrysler electric vehicle designs. The AC motor and controller are part of an overall Westinghouse Electric Vehicle program that also includes power convertors for vehicle accessories and a broad range of advanced battery technologies.
 Westinghouse has been actively involved in electric vehicle research since the early 1970s.
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 /CONTACT: Jason Vines, 313-956-5346, or Tom Kowaleski, 313-956-5342, both of Chrysler; of Ann Grizzel of Westinghouse, 410-765-6812/
 (C WX) CO: Chrysler Corporation; Westinghouse Electric Corporation ST: California, Michigan IN: AUT SU: JVN


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