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THERMO POWER TO SUPPLY DEDICATED NATURAL GAS ENGINES FOR UNITED PARCEL SERVICE DELIVERY TRUCKS

 WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Power Corporation (AMEX: THP) has received a contract from United Parcel Service (UPS) of Atlanta, Ga., to supply 20 of its natural gas-fueled TecoDrive(R) engines for use in parcel delivery trucks. This demonstration program -- the first for UPS using a dedicated natural gas engine -- is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's heavy and medium-duty commercial truck Alternative Fuels Program, which is operated through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. The Trucking Research Institute will collect data from the project and provide it to the Alternative Fuels Data Center at NREL.
 The engines, called TecoDrive 4300, are based on a 4.3 liter General Motors Corporation gasoline engine block. Modifications by Thermo Power provide for optimal operation solely on natural gas and include alterations to internal components for a higher compression ratio, an advanced fuel system, and closed-loop electronic controls -- all of which contribute to performance that is comparable to the original gasoline-powered version, but with lower emissions. The Crusader Engines division of Thermo Power will manufacture the engines. Emissions testing will be performed by Thermo Power's Tecogen division at its Engine Technology Center in Marlborough, Mass.
 The 20 TecoDrive-powered delivery trucks will operate in the Washington, D.C., vicinity and refuel at a facility provided by Washington Gas Light in Landover, Md. Nationally, UPS operates 65,000 parcel delivery vehicles, approximately 200 of which have been converted to operate on natural gas using aftermarket kits. The TecoDrive program will be UPS's first demonstration using a factory-built dedicated natural gas engine.
 "This project is very important to our efforts to develop our business of supplying low-emission natural gas engines for vehicles," said Marshall J. Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of Thermo Power. "The fact that major fleet operators in this country, such as UPS, are seriously investigating natural gas-powered vehicles, gives credence to the technology that is now available to help reduce air pollution in our cities."
 Thermo Power has also provided its natural gas-fueled TecoDrive engines for use in U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks; Roadway Express, Inc. tractor-trailers; and a number of school bus applications, including California's $100 million alternative-fuel school bus program. Recent contracts also include supplying TecoDrive engines to ElDorado National Company for use in shuttle buses. Overseas, TecoDrive engines have been supplied to Brazil for use in a transit bus; Belgium, for evaluation by Van-Hool, Europe's second largest bus builder; and Canada, for Ontario Bus Industries' experimental CNG-electric hybrid transit bus.
 Thermo Power Corporation manufactures, markets, and services natural gas engines for vehicular and stationary applications, marine engines, industrial refrigeration equipment, and natural gas-fueled commercial cooling and cogeneration systems. The company also conducts research and development on advanced systems for clean-coal combustion and other high-efficiency gas-fueled devices. Thermo Power is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation
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