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GM DELIVERS NATION'S FIRST PRODUCTION ETHANOL VEHICLE

 GM DELIVERS NATION'S FIRST PRODUCTION ETHANOL VEHICLE
 MILWAUKEE, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM)


delivered the nation's first production ethanol fuel car to Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson today.
 The Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle (VFV) is the first of a 50-car ethanol fleet to be delivered to the states of Wisconsin and Illinois and to the U.S. Department of Energy. The program is designed to evaluate the fuel economy, emissions performance and durability of ethanol fuel vehicles.
 The delivery took place at a meeting of the 17-state Governors' Ethanol Coalition, hosted by the State of Wisconsin, in conjunction with a National Alternative Fuels Conference which is also being held here this week.
 "It is exciting to be here today as Wisconsin and General Motors make automotive history together," said Gov. Thompson. "Our nation faces many challenges that call for the development of alternative fuels. We need to improve air quality while protecting economic health."
 "GM is proud to be delivering the first U.S. production vehicle specifically engineered, and fully emissions and safety certified, to operate primarily on ethanol fuels," said Dr. Gerald J. Barnes, GM's manager of Alternative Fuels Activities. "It once again proves our leadership position in alternative fuels.
 "GM was the first automaker to the U.S. market with production methanol and CNG vehicles, and we've sold more of them than any other company," Dr. Barnes said. "Those facts, along with our commitment to be the first company to mass produce a designed-from-the-ground-up electric car, makes GM the undisputed leader in the development of alternative fuel vehicles."
 GM designed the VFV to run on any combination of gasoline and up to 85 percent denatured ethanol. The heart of the system is a capacitive fuel sensor, designed and patented by GM, that measures the content of alcohol in the fuel tank and adjusts engine operation accordingly.
 "The use of variable fuel vehicles will allow us to build markets while new fuel sources come on line," Gov. Thompson stated. "This project demonstrates how government and private business can work together for the benefit of all."
 Ethanol is an alcohol fuel produced from energy crops such as corn. GM owner manuals have long recommended the use of oxygenated blends of gasoline, including those containing 10 percent ethanol. Such fuels can contribute to cleaner air, especially in parts of the country where carbon monoxide levels are high.
 While technical challenges remain for fuels blended with more than 10 percent ethanol, the Lumina VFVs have specially modified fuel systems to handle alcohol fuels.
 Dr. Barnes said GM is working toward an Ethanol VFV production program for 1993, but important issues remain about the availability of ethanol for potential customers and the consistency of the fuel's quality.
 "We will continue to work with manufacturers of vehicles and components, as well as fuel suppliers, to bring common sense solutions to bear," said Gov. Thompson.
 During the Governors' Ethanol Coalition and the National Alternative Fuels Conference, GM is participating in an alternative fuels exhibit at which it is displaying six GM alternative fuel vehicles. It is GM's largest public exhibition of such vehicles to date.
 Included in the exhibit are:
 -- The Impact, GM's prototype electric car and the basis for the pure electric vehicle GM has committed to produce by the mid-90s.
 -- A Janesville-(Wis.) built, GMC medium-duty TopKick truck fueled by compressed natural gas. GMC Truck and ANR Pipeline are involved with the State of Wisconsin in a test program for medium-duty trucks fueled by CNG.
 -- A GMC Sierra full-size, light-duty pickup dedicated to run on compressed natural gas. This model and the Chevrolet full-size C/K pickup have been on sale during the 1992 model year.
 -- A dual-fuel Buick LeSabre that runs on gasoline or propane gas.
 -- A Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle that runs on any combination of Methanol (M85) and gasoline. This Chevrolet Lumina M85 VFV is on sale this year.
 -- The Chevrolet Lumina VFV modified to run on ethanol (E85).
 "Fueling the Future, a Clean Air Transportation and Engine Show" runs through July 1 at Milwaukee's Urban Park, just north of the Milwaukee Summerfest. Daily show hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Sloan of GM News Relations, 313-986-5721/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation ST: Michigan, Wisconsin IN: AUT SU:


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