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BG&E TO PARTICIPATE IN CHESAPEAKE CONSORTIUM TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 BG&E TO PARTICIPATE IN CHESAPEAKE CONSORTIUM
 TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
 BALTIMORE, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: BGE) has joined with Chrysler Corp. (NYSE: C), the State of Maryland and Westinghouse Electric Corp. (NYSE: WX) in forming the Chesapeake Consortium to coordinate research, resources and technology to design and develop electric vehicles and other advanced transportation systems.
 Electric vehicles are expected to improve air quality and provide the opportunity for significant economic development. The consortium will initially focus on the development and production of electric vehicle propulsion systems, and has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a $4 million grant for electric vehicle research and development. The Maryland Congressional Delegation has written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Andrew Card in support of the grant application.
 For its part, BG&E will focus on market research to evaluate the acceptance of electric vehicles and how they would be used by both individuals and fleet owners. The results will be used to define the requirements necessary to facilitate acceptance of the vehicles.
 BG&E, working with the National Infrastructure Working Group, will help to develop the infrastructure required to support electric vehicles. They will recommend conceptual designs for both fast and slow battery charging stations and evaluate the impact of these stations on the utility's electric transmission and distribution system. With Maryland Public Service Commission approval, BG&E will implement an electric rate structure and a billing system designed to stimulate electric vehicle use by the public.
 Finally, BG&E will provide program management for the field testing of the vehicles. BG&E's Transportation Department will test four vehicles under normal fleet operating conditions for an 18-month period. To accomplish this, BG&E will build charging stations at eight locations in its service territory to serve their own and others being field tested by the state and Westinghouse. Data on both the vehicles and chargers will be evaluated and applied to enhance vehicle acceptance and marketability.
 Westinghouse will develop the power train to be installed in Chrysler mini-vans. The State is proposing to furnish funds to provide incentives to Maryland suppliers and manufacturers to enhance development and production of electric vehicles.
 In an effort to maximize the benefits of its own electric vehicle development, the Chesapeake Consortium has agreed to coordinate non- proprietary results and information related to advanced transportation and electric vehicles with consortia from California and Texas. The regional concerns and industrial capabilities within these three consortia are highly synergistic and the members are committed to work together to facilitate clean air, defense reinvestment and economic development.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Slusark of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433/
 (BGE C WX) CO: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; Chrysler Corp.; Westinghouse
 Electric Corp.; Chesapeake Consortium ST: Maryland IN: UTI SU:


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