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DUKE POWER JOINS NATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE NETWORK

 DUKE POWER JOINS NATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE NETWORK
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power (NYSE:DUK) has


been selected by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as one of 14 host utilities which will form a National Network of Electric Vehicle Research Offices.
 EPRI is making this announcement as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Conference being held this week in San Francisco.
 "Duke Power encourages the research of electric vehicle technology because it benefits our customers, the environment and the utility industry," said Don Denton, Duke Power senior vice president, planning and operating. "Electric vehicles offer customers an energy efficient transportation alternative that helps improve air quality in urban areas. These vehicles can also support Duke Power's demand-side management programs because they will be recharged during off-peak hours."
 EPRI's national electric vehicle network is designed to promote a greater alliance between auto manufacturers, utilities and consumers as the nation examines the potentials of electric vehicles. Each participating utility has committed $300,000 over three years to establish the national research network. The 14 regional offices will be operational by the first quarter of 1993.
 "As we approach the turn of the century, electric vehicles will become an increasingly viable transportation option," said Denton. "Duke Power wants its customers to have access to the latest developments in this emerging technology."
 Duke Power's network office will serve as a regional electric vehicle information source for residential, commercial and industrial customers. It will also enable the company to closely monitor and research infrastructure isssues such as battery charging stations, time- of-use-rates, battery replacement and emergency road service.
 "Today, we take for granted the gas station on every corner," said Denton. "Developing a functional infrastructure to support electric vehicles is critical to the success and acceptance of this technology. Duke Power and the other participating utilities are taking an important step in that direction."
 The North Carolina Alternative Energy Corporation and York Technical College will continue their relationship with Duke Power by supporting the development and operation of the regional electric vehicle network office in the Piedmont Carolinas. Through this partnership, the utility will have access to a fleet of more than 20 electric vehicles for research and public education purposes. Additional partnerships may be formed as the project develops.
 Other utilities participating in the electric vehicle network are located in Atlanta, Ga.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and New York, N.Y.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason, Duke Power, 704-382-8374, or (home) 704-334-1906 or 704-594-0681/
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