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DETROIT EDISON TO SPONSOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE WORKSHOP

 DETROIT, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) will conduct a workshop for individuals interested in competing in "The Electric Vehicle and the American Community: A National Planning and Design Competition." The workshop will take place at Detroit Edison's Southfield Conference Center on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 The competition, which was officially kicked off with a call for entries in November, offers $100,000 in prize money to multi- disciplinary teams for designing and planning infrastructure to make American cities "user friendly" to electric vehicles. Professionals such as architects, urban planners and engineers will develop convenient electric vehicle recharging methods, link energy and transportation policies and demonstrate how land and energy use can be shaped to meet the needs of electric vehicle users.
 The workshop will include historical and technical background on electric vehicles, the status of electric vehicle projects in the Detroit area and a panel discussion. The panel includes:
 -- John Dabels, director of market development, GM Electric Vehicles;
 -- John Olsen, electric vehicle program manager, Detroit Edison;
 -- Carmine Palombo, director of transportation programs, SEMCOG;
 -- Charles Hersey, technological coordinator of land use and environmental programs, SEMCOG; and
 -- Ed Hustoles, deputy director of planning (retired), SEMCOG.
 The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is an organization dedicated to studying and helping local governments face regional issues. Focus areas for SEMCOG include public policy, transportation, air quality and regional development.
 The workshop is designed to provide potential competitors with information necessary to help formulate plans for electric vehicle infrastructure in the Midwest.
 "If electric vehicles are to be successful, an infrastructure must be developed and put in place to support their use," said Steven Cecil, competition manager and principal of the Boston-based architectural firm Cecil & Rizvi, Inc. "The competition taps the knowledge and talent of multi-disciplinary teams and allows them to be as creative and inventive as the electric vehicle itself."
 Electric vehicles present a viable method of meeting zero-emissions standards required in some states. In California, for example, 2 percent of all vehicles sold must be emission free by 1998, putting a projected 40,000 electric vehicles on California's highways in just one year. The competition is designed to help cities prepare to support this new form of transportation.
 Sponsors of the national competition include General Motors, Hughes Power Control Systems, Electronic Data Systems, the Edison Electric Institute and the United States Department of Energy.
 In addition to Detroit Edison, co-sponsors include Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, Boston Edison, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Salt River Project.
 Individuals interested in attending the Detroit Edison workshop should contact Rachel Demos at 313-237-8910 for more information.
 Competition entries are due April 13, and winners will be announced May 11 in Washington, D.C.
 Individuals interested in participating in the competition can contact:
 The Electric Vehicle and the American Community
 432 N. Saginaw St.
 Suite 801
 Flint, MI 48502
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 /CONTACT: Mike De Villing of Eisbrenner Public Relations, 313-641-1446, for Detroit Edison/
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