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CALIFORNIA FIRM TO BUILD FLYWHEEL ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE

 LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunbird Technologies Inc. (STI) of Laguna Hills, announced today that it has merged the assets and management of Intermec Inc. of Roseville, Calif.
 It concurrently announced that U.S. Flywheel Systems Inc. (USFS), a subsidiary of Sunbird Technologies Inc. recently competed with others, including American Flywheel Systems, in a technical briefing to CAL START, a California non-profit consortium, who intend to develop a flywheel battery for electric automobiles. USFS received an endorsement to team with other suppliers to produce electrical vehicles in California.
 U.S. Flywheel will team the talents of Bruce Swartout, chairman and founder of Sunbird, with Jack and Steve Bitterly, three of the pioneers in flywheel battery development. These gentlemen have conceived and developed patents in flywheel technology which management believes vital to development of vehicular batteries. More importantly, the millions of dollars they have invested, with some 20 years experience in developing flywheel technology, leave them richly endowed with the knowledge of what will and will not work with these highly technical products.
 Flywheel batteries have five to 10 times the watt hours per pound of lead acid batteries, are impervious to extreme temperature variations, may be drained of power without harm, recharged in minutes, last 30 to 40 years and create no toxic problems. If used in an electric vehicle, such as the GM Impact car, they will provide 450 to 600 mile range, as opposed to a practical range of about 80 miles with lead acid batteries. Performance can be expected to meet or exceed that with internal combustion engines, with no noise, vibrations or harmful emissions.
 Now that the automotive world seems to be coming to grips with the fact that flywheel batteries are the answer to a commercially viable electric vehicle, the race is on among some very distinguished firms to produce them. U.S. Flywheel believes it has a distinct edge in being able to come on line with a functional flywheel faster and better than perhaps any firm in existence.
 U.S. Flywheel has received interest from around the world for flywheel batteries for vehicular and stationary energy storage and peak power shavings and feels strongly that business potential is enormous. Of equal importance, flywheels are perhaps the most important technology today in terms of benefit to the Earth's atmosphere. They are potentially the beginning of the end of the oil age.
 -0- 3/9/93
 /CONTACT: Bruce Swartout, chairman, or Roger Morgan, president, of Sunbird Technologies, 714-581-9073/


CO: Sunbird Technologies Inc.; U.S. Flywheel Systems Inc.;
 Intermec Inc.; Cal Start ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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