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ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND U.S. ENERGY DEPARTMENT SPONSOR HIGH SCHOOL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHALLENGE

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A competition challenging teams of high school students to build and test electric vehicles was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Edison Electric Institute today.
 Hosted by Virginia Power, the "EV Grand Prix: The Mid-Atlantic High School Electric Vehicle Challenge" will be held April 28-30 at Richmond International Raceway.
 Student teams from 22 high schools in six states will convert a conventional automobile to electric power. The students will then compete against each other in a number of areas, including speed, energy efficiency and range.
 "Electric utilities are very active partners with their schools, and the EV Grand Prix is an exciting example of our involvement," said EEI President Thomas Kuhn. "The competition will focus on skills -- math and science learning, technical training and teamwork -- that are vital not only to the student's individual future, but also to the nation's economic future."
 The Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Christine Ervin, said the EV Grand Prix reflects DOE's commitment to renewable energy, education and the environment.
 "In partnership with utilities like Virginia Power, we can give hands-on experience to the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, as well as raise public awareness of the role electric vehicle technology will play in our transportation future," Ervin said.
 Each team is sponsored by their local utility, providing $1500 in cash and technical support. In addition, Goodyear is providing each team with a free set of Momentum tires, designed specifically for electric vehicles. General Electric is providing motors and controllers for 11 vehicles, while Advanced DC Motors and Curtis Controllers are supplying the remaining schools.
 EEI is the association of investor-owned electric utilities whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the nation's electricity.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Hart of the U.S. Department of Energy, 202-586-5806 or, Gloria Quinn of the Edison Electric Institute, 202-508-5659/


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