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HUGHES, PG&E TO TEST 'SERVICE STATION' FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 HUGHES, PG&E TO TEST 'SERVICE STATION' FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
 TORRANCE, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Aircraft Co. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) (NYSE: PCG) announced today they have signed an agreement to cooperate in product testing a public "service station" for electric vehicles.
 PG&E will install the station at its San Ramon research and development center in Northern California for testing purposes. This is the first order for the Hughes station, which is designed to provide refueling the electric automobiles and other electric vehicles in much the same way that gasoline stations provide fuel for conventional internal combustion vehicles.
 The station, which will use 220-volt, 30-amp service, includes a Hughes-patented inductive coupler designed to allow the public to safely and easily recharge their electric vehicles. Included is a display, similar to that on the latest type of gasoline pumps, that shows how much charge was delivered to the vehicle and allows the consumer to pay with a credit card through a built-in credit card reader.
 The Hughes Power Control Systems organization, part of the Commercial Programs Division of the company's Radar Systems Group, is designing and manufacturing power electronics and charging systems for General Motors' Electric Vehicles at a facility opened here last September.
 Public reaction to GM's prototype electric car, the Impact, which debuted in January of 1990, was so favorable that GM announced plans to commercially market the vehicle and disclosed last year that the car will be built at the former Reatta Craft Center in Lansing, Mich. The Delco Remy Division of General Motors will produce batteries and motors for the GM electric vehicles in Muncie, Ind.
 Hughes is a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, a unit of General Motors.
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 /CONTACT: Kearney Bothwell of Hughes Aircraft, 310-334-4997/
 (PCG) CO: Hughes Aircraft Co.; Pacific Gas & Electric ST: California IN: ARO UTI AUT SU: PDT


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