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BERT WEINMAN FORD NAMED FIRST DEALERSHIP IN CHICAGO TO SERVICE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 CHICAGO, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Bert Weinman Ford has been chosen by Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) as the first dealership in Chicago authorized to provide service to its Ford electric vehicles.
 Bert Weinman Ford will service Ford Ecostar electric vehicles leased by Commonwealth Edison and will become one of only five dealerships in the U.S. authorized to service Ford electric vehicles.
 Ford will begin delivery of 82 Ecostars to several companies in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Mexico later this year. Five will be leased to Commonwealth Edison (NYSE: CWE) for a 30-month evaluation program. Three Ecostars will be driven by Commonwealth Edison employees. The Ecostars will be used on routine work assignments. Two will be loaned by Edison to the city of Chicago.
 "Ecostars will be driven in real working environments for several years before we will be satisfied enough to make electric vehicles generally available for sale," said Robert Kiessel, manager of Ford's Ecostar program. "We aren't going to put Ford electric vehicles on public sale until we are certain they meet quality and customer- satisfaction standards."
 Ecostar is modeled after the European Escort van, a small, front- wheel-drive delivery vehicle. (There is no comparable model in the North American-built Escort line.)
 The electric vehicles are being modified in the U.S. to accommodate an electric motor, single-speed transaxle, electronic controls and sodium-sulfur battery.
 Ford Ecostar Dimensions and Statistics
 Powertrain
 Motor.........................75 hp (56kW) 3-phase, ac induction
 Transmission...........Single-speed integrated front-wheel drive
 Standard Features
 Steering..................Manual rack-and-pinion
 Brakes.....Power-assisted hydraulic braking and regenerative braking
 Heater.....Electric resistive heating element (4-5 kW)
 Wheels/Tires......Lightweight 14" aluminum alloy wheels with
 specifically developed P195/70R14 low rolling resistance tires
 Other......Solar power assisted ventilation; High thermal efficiency
 glass; AM/FM stereo cassette radio
 Options
 A/C.....Electrically driven high-efficiency scroll compressor Non-
 fluorocarbon refrigerant
 Heater.......Fuel-fired heater. Use confined to non-Zero emission
 areas (recommended for cold climates)
 Battery
 Type............Sodium sulfur
 Energy capacity rating at 80 percent DOD........30kWh
 Power ratings...............Peak intermittent 58 kWh-77 hp maximum
 continuous 35 kW-47 hp
 Charger.........On board (120/240 V) with 12' charging cord on reel.
 Required 240V at 30 amp ac single phase for maximum charging rate.
 Performance
 Maximum vehicle weight...............................3,950 lb
 Vehicle curb weight..................................3,100 lb
 Maximum payload........................................850 lb
 Rated top speed (governed).............................70 mph
 Rated 0-50 mph acceleration time...................12 seconds
 Driving range (Federal Urban Driving Schedule)......100 miles
 -0- 8/2/93
 /CONTACT: Jessica Hatchigan of Ford, 313-845-5746; or John Maxson of Commonwealth Edison, 312-394-4361 or 202-736-8555/
 (F CWE)


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