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ARCO CONTRIBUTES $10,000 TO U.C. DAVIS FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROJECT

 DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO (NYSE: ARC) presented a check for $10,000 today to a team of mechanical engineering students at the University of California, Davis, in support of their research to develop a practical electric automobile.
 "ARCO has long encouraged the development of the electric car as the ultimate 'zero-emission' vehicle," said William S. Dickinson, vice president of Engineering and Technology at ARCO Products Co., the refining and marketing arm of ARCO. "Although gasoline-powered vehicles will remain the primary mode of transportation well into the next century, the advanced electric car certainly will be one of the most important alternate-fuel vehicles to be developed during the next few years."
 According to Professor Andrew Frank of the university's Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Materials Engineering, the money will be used to fund the U.C. Davis Hybrid Electric Vehicle Project. Since March 1992, 30 engineering students have been working on the project to develop an entry for the Ford Challenge, a competition jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Society of Automotive Engineers and Ford Motor Company to promote development of a low-emission, highly efficient electric vehicle.
 Under terms of the competition, entrants from throughout the U.S. and Canada have until June 1, 1993, to design and produce a practical hybrid "flexible fuel" vehicle that makes best use of both electric and liquid fuels. The hybrid vehicle ideally runs on an electric battery in inner cities where zero emissions are desirable for pollution control and battery chargers are easily accessible. It should be able to switch to a small internal combustion engine for maximum performance during long-distance runs where batteries may not be practical.
 At an on-campus ceremony this noon, Director of Development Janet D. Krovoza and Professor Frank accepted the ARCO contribution on behalf of the student research team. Representing ARCO were Thomas A. Markin, director of ARCO California government relations; Jack S. Segal, manager of ARCO Fuels Development; and Brian K. Sullivan, ARCO senior analyst.
 Professor Frank said that the money will help buy emissions testing equipment that can be installed in the university's vehicle design lab. The students also plan to use part of the contribution to purchase vehicle control systems and other electric car parts for the hybrid vehicle.
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