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GM ELECTRIC VEHICLES APPLIES FOR CERTIFICATION OF IMPACT

 TROY, Mich., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) has filed an application with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to certify its 1994 Impact electric car as a zero-emission vehicle.
 General Motors will build 50 electric vehicles based on the original Impact prototype car for a nationwide program to help develop the market and infrastructure for electric vehicles. These vehicles are designed to meet all applicable safety requirements and will be equipped with dual airbags and anti-lock brakes. The Impacts also have an electric heat pump climate system that uses ozone-friendly R-134a refrigerant. The system is designed for year-round use in major California cities.
 Over a two-year period, GM will provide 1,000 potential customers with vehicles for periods of two to four weeks. These vehicles will show consumers the capabilities of electric vehicles and educate GM about customer expectations.
 "We created this program to demonstrate electric vehicle technology and to gain important feedback regarding daily customer use of the vehicles," said Bruce Zemke, staff development engineer for GM Electric Vehicles. "The program also will provide us with important product and engineering data and encourage communities to prepare their transportation infrastructure for the future."
 Inductively coupled charging facilities, designed by Hughes Aircraft in Torrance, Calif., will be installed to support convenient operation of the vehicles. The charging system transfers electricity through enclosed magnetic coils rather than the more common metal plug/socket method. With no exposed contacts, the inductively coupled charger provides a convenient, easy and economical way of charging the zero- emission cars.
 The Impacts are able to travel 70/90 miles (city/highway) between charges and will take two to three hours to charge. The vehicles accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than nine seconds.
 GM plans to mass produce a commercially viable electric vehicle by the late 1990s for retail sale.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy Makowski of Eisbrenner Public Relations, 313-641-1446, for GM Electric Vehicles/
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