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EDISON ELECTRIC G-VANS SET TO ROLL IN 'CLEANFLEET' OF FEDERAL EXPRESS VANS

         EDISON ELECTRIC G-VANS SET TO ROLL IN 'CLEANFLEET'
                       OF FEDERAL EXPRESS VANS
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ --  Southern California Edison's electric G-van is one of six alternative-fueled commercial-fleet delivery vehicles set to kick-off a landmark clean fuels study sponsored by the South Coast Alternative Fuels Demonstration Project (CleanFleet).
    "We believe that electric vehicles will capture a growing share of the Los Angeles transportation market, because electricity is the cleanest fuel available," said Edison Electric Transportation Manager Diane Wittenberg.  "Edison's participation in the CleanFleet Project will help prepare us to achieve our role as an environmentally conscious fuel supplier throughout Southern California," Wittenberg added.
    Sponsored by a coalition of federal and state agencies, auto manufacturers and fuel companies, the South Coast Alternative Fuels Demonstration Project's purpose will be to demonstrate the effects of alternative fuels on vehicle performance, safety and emissions; conduct comprehensive, comparative tests of clean fuels within the South Coast Air Basin; collect data on vehicle maintenance and reliability; and develop cost factors for each fuel.  Program results will be available beginning in May 1994.
    One-hundred thirteen (113) delivery vans, built and modified for alternative fuel use will be combined with control vans, using unleaded gasoline, and placed into service as part of the Southern California Federal Express Corporation vehicle fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles.  Southern California Edison became the first participant in the project when testing began last March.
    Two of Edison's G-vans are on loan to the project and are equipped with futuristic "smart" electronic meters that will provide real-time remote meter readings.  From those readings project analysts will be able to study the G-vans' electrical consumption and charging requirements, and determine how much load (for re-charging) the vans place on Edison's electrical system.
    "Through participation in the CleanFleet Project, Edison plans to measure the fleet operators' reactions to the use of electric vehicles in daily operations, obtain vehicle operating and performance data, and identify electric utility infrastructure requirements," said Edison Project Manager Bill West.  "We will also perform energy efficiency and cost benefit analyses, and obtain data on competitive alternative fuel vehicles," West concluded.
    Edison's "CleanFleet" G-van displaying a Federal-Express logo will make its first official run from Universal City to Culver City where it will dock at the Culver City News.
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    /CONTACT:  Bob Goodlow or Steve Hansen of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/ CO:  Southern California Edison ST:  California IN:  UTI AUT SU: KJ -- LA016 -- 2488 06/22/92 14:59 EDT
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