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CONSOLIDATED FREIGHTWAYS INC. JOINS FORD AND CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION IN FLEXIBLE FUELS FLEET CAR PROGRAM

 PALO ALTO, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Consolidated Freightways Inc. (NYSE: CNF) has joined the California Energy Commission and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) in a flexible fuels vehicle (FFV) program that will provide clean-burning methanol-fueled Ford Tauruses for the company's sales force in California.
 The company has purchased and put into service 67 of the specially outfitted 1993 Ford Tauruses, which are capable of running on regular unleaded gasoline or lower-emission methanol.
 "We are pleased to do our part in supporting an alternative fuels program and technology which has great promise for making California's air cleaner," said D. Wayne Byerley, Jr., vice president, worldwide purchasing for CF. "This program is an example of how public-private cooperation can contribute to reducing smog -- a problem that affects us all."
 Byerley noted that CF is the only freight transportation company in the program, which has 10 other participants from manufacturing, computer, rental car, insurance and consumer products industries. The program overall has put more than 2,200 of the Taurus FFVs into service in California.
 The FFV fleet automobiles have been assigned to sales representatives at three CF Inc. freight transportation subsidiaries: CF MotorFreight, a nationwide long-haul motor carrier; Con-Way Western Express, a California-based regional trucking company; and Emery Worldwide, a domestic and international air freight company.
 The automobiles are equipped with special fuel systems and electronic engine controls that automatically adjust timing and fuel flow for either conventional or alternative fuel, or a combination of both. Methanol fuel is available at special state-operated fueling stations located throughout California.
 The reduced-emission vehicles also help companies meet clean air commute reduction goals in Southern California. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, one person driving a methanol- fueled Taurus FFV achieves the same commute/emission reduction as a five person carpool in a gasoline-powered vehicle.
 Byerley noted that the majority of the vehicles in the 1993 program are based in Southern California. He added the company plans to expand its participation for 1994 with additional FFVs in Southern California and more cars allocated to northern counties as well.
 Consolidated Freightways Inc. is a $4.1 billion diversified transportation company with businesses in long-haul and regional trucking, intermodal rail and ocean services, air freight, customs brokerage and logistics management.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Frantz of Consolidated Freightways, 415-494-2900/
 (CNF, F)


CO: Consolidated Freightways, Inc.; California Energy Commission;
 Ford Motor Company ST: California IN: TRN SU: JVN


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