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ELECTRIC-POWERED PACE CAR JOINS ELECTRIC FLOAT IN ROSE PARADE

 ELECTRIC-POWERED PACE CAR JOINS ELECTRIC FLOAT IN ROSE PARADE
 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 31 -- Electricity will literally set the pace for tomorrow's Tournament of Roses Parade when an electric- powered car leads the two-mile long parade down Colorado Boulevard. The car will join the Parade's first all-electric float in demonstrating that battery-operated vehicles are feasible alternatives to internal combustion engines.
 Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation's leading proponents of electric-powered transportation, is heavily involved in both vehicles. SCE teamed with Chrysler in creating the electric minivan which has been designated by Tournament of Roses President Robert L. Cheney as the official pace car, and SCE is the sole sponsor of the electric float.
 The theme of the parade is "Voyages of Discovery," and the use of electric vehicles in the parade was hailed by Cheney, "we believe the minivan and the SCE float represent a voyage of discovery because of Edison's continued advancement toward technology that improves our environment," he said.
 The minivan and the float use similar systems -- a series of batteries that will drive a direct current motor. A controller connected between the motor and battery pack will enable the driver of each vehicle to set speed. The same "throttle" will also select forward or reverse motion.
 Power steering and power brakes on the minivan are driven by electricity, and the float will feature animation also powered by battery packs. "In other words, both vehicles will be operated entirely by electricity," said Robert Dietch, vice president of Engineering, Research and Environment for SCE.
 The minivan was developed by a consortium consisting of Southern California Edison, Chrysler, Ford Motor Corp., General Motors, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Called the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, the group is researching battery technology to produce a more powerful, long-lasting and efficient battery that can feature a longer range than those in current use.
 Edison's float is 55 feet long, 29 feet high, 18 feet wide and weighs 35,000 pounds. The battery pack will enable the float to complete the 5.5 mile parade route on a single charge.
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 /CONTACT: Melanie Savage of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/ CO: Southern California Edison ST: California IN: UTI AUT SU: PDT


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