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ELECTRIC VEHICLE FROM TAYLOR-DUNN CAN HELP FLEET OWNERS MEET CLEAN AIR ACT REQUIREMENTS

 ELECTRIC VEHICLE FROM TAYLOR-DUNN CAN HELP FLEET OWNERS
 MEET CLEAN AIR ACT REQUIREMENTS
 BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Taylor-Dunn announced the ELECTRUCK(TM), a full-sized electric utility vehicle capable of managing loads of up to 1,500 pounds in its spacious cargo area. The new truck has a 60-inch width, a 153-inch length, can travel at speeds up to 30 mph and has a range of 50 miles before battery recharging is required.
 "Taylor-Dunn has put more than 100,000 electric vehicles to work in an incredibly wide number of industries over the past four decades. We believe there is a market, both here and abroad, for zero-emission vehicles such as ELECTRUCK that can perform in more powerful applications," stated Dr. Milton L. Sneller, chief operating officer. "Many of our existing customers, who have come to appreciate economical, low-maintenance electric utility vehicles, have expressed a strong interest in seeing this larger, faster product reach the market."
 The first offering in a planned family of full-sized vehicles, the ELECTRUCK is targeted for a wide variety of outdoor transport applications at such diverse locations as airports, campus environments, gated communities, large manufacturing or processing facilities, resorts, schools and universities, military bases and other government institutions. It complements Taylor-Dunn's existing line of utility vehicles that feature narrower wheel axle widths and much slower speeds. Previous offerings have been targeted for both indoor and outdoor applications where their compact size and lack of emissions represent an advantage.
 "The initial prototype is not intended for use as a licensed motor vehicle on public streets," Sneller explained. "However, with appropriate modifications and testing, this utility truck could be adapted quickly for use as a licensed motor vehicle on myriad delivery routes. We believe that we could play a major role in helping to meet the Clean Air Act requirements both in California and throughout the United States."
 The new vehicle is powered by 12 six-volt deep-cycle, rechargeable lead-acid batteries for a total of 72V. Dual roll-out battery boxes on each side of the vehicle allow easy access for maintenance or fast changeover to backup battery packs by only one person. For safety, an interlock switch on the battery boxes with a lighted indicator on the console prevents the vehicle from starting until the battery box is closed.
 Because of the current lack of infrastructure for electric vehicle recharging stations, an on-board charger is provided. It allows users to recharge the vehicle from any standard 110V AC power outlet, reaching a full charge within eight hours. All accessories run off the 72V system through a DC-DC converter, which steps the power down to 12V, so that all batteries discharge equally. This prevents the accessories from draining one or two of the batteries prematurely. A battery warning indicator shows the current percentage of battery power available, with a visual warning when battery charge is below 20 percent.
 The quiet, emission-free 20 Hp General Electric motor, coupled with a GE controller, provides the power necessary for the vehicle to accelerate to 25 mph within 16 seconds. Regenerative braking is also used to convert the moving vehicle's kinetic energy back into electrical power to help extend the battery range by more than 15 percent.
 The ELECTRUCK is available now with delivery time of 120 days ARO. Pricing for this first commercial utility vehicle, which is not intended for use as a licensed motor vehicle on public streets, begins below $15,000.
 Taylor-Dunn, founded in 1949, manufactures a broad line of electric-powered vehicles used to transport goods and personnel.
 For more information, contact Taylor-Dunn, 2114 W. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804. For phone inquiries, ask for B. Samra, vice president, new product development, at 714-956-4040 or fax 714-956-3130.
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 /CONTACT: Milton Sneller, COO of Taylor-Dunn, 714-956-4040; or Jan Johnson of Roberts, Mealer & Co., 714-957-1314, for Taylor-Dunn/ CO: Taylor-Dunn ST: California IN: AUT TRN SU: PDT


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