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DETAILS ABOUT NEW HIGH-ENERGY BATTERY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES ANNOUNCED IN SCIENCE MAGAZINE

 TROY, Mich., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (NASDAQ: ENER) announced today that Science magazine, a leading international publication devoted to significant advances in all areas of science, today published details about a new proprietary high-energy nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable battery that will be used in electric vehicles.
 Lack of a practical high-energy rechargeable battery previously has inhibited the development of government-mandated zero-emission vehicles. The article by principal battery inventor Stanford R. Ovshinsky, CEO of Ovonic Battery Company (OBC), is titled "A Nickel-Metal-Hydride Battery for Electric Vehicles" and presents the scientific basis for the breakthrough and its technical importance to United States transportation and environmental policy. Michael A. Fetcenko, vice president of technology at OBC, and John Ross, chairman of the department of chemistry at Stanford University, are Ovshinsky's co-authors in the Science article.
 Science, the authoritative official publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, reports weekly on significant advances in science and technology. The article in today's issue also discusses progress by OBC and its parent company, ECD, in accomplishing United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) mid-term goals under an $18.5-million contract awarded to the company in May 1992.
 USABC is a $260 million joint government/industry research project to develop a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles. The consortium represents the first time that the Big Three domestic automakers have worked jointly with the government on such a project.
 Ovshinsky, who also is president and CEO of ECD, says, "Our high- energy batteries incorporate proprietary nickel-metal-hydride technology that will provide the range and performance needed to make electric vehicles practical. These vehicles must be manufactured to meet California's 1998 zero-emissions standard, and our batteries will more than double the driving range of EVs currently equipped with comparably sized lead-acid batteries. Ours are here-and-now batteries with proven manufacturability."
 ECD/OBC already has commercialized its battery technology. It currently licenses nine international battery manufacturers to produce batteries for the portable electronics and industrial markets. ECD/OBC uses the same proprietary materials and manufacturing technology to produce full-size battery packs for electric vehicle applications.
 ECD/OBC nickel-metal-hydride batteries are an environmentally friendly power source. They are sealed and maintenance-free, and they last the life of the car. They can be recharged to 60 percent of capacity in 15 minutes, and because they have the highest power density of any electric vehicle battery, they will be able to provide exceptional acceleration.
 ECD, based in Troy, is the pioneer in amorphous and synthetic materials technology. It manufactures, forms joint ventures and licenses its technology in the fields of energy, information and synthetic materials.
 ECD's energy products are environmentally safe and address environmental problems such as depletion of fossil fuels, atmospheric pollution, depletion of the ozone layer disposal of hazardous wastes and the greenhouse effect.
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 /CONTACT: Stanford R. Ovshinsky or Stephen J. Hudgens, Ph.D., Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., 313-280-1900/
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