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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ORDERS TECOGEN LOW-EMISSION NATURAL GAS ENGINES FOR DELIVERY TRUCKS

 U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ORDERS TECOGEN LOW-EMISSION NATURAL
 GAS ENGINES FOR DELIVERY TRUCKS
 WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Tecogen Inc. (AMEX: TGN) announced today that it will supply eight of its low-emission TecoDrive(TM) 7000 natural gas-fueled engines to the U.S. Postal Service for use in two-ton delivery trucks.
 Although the Postal Service has modified a number of its smaller delivery trucks with bi-fuel conversion kits to allow their operation on natural gas, the Tecogen demonstration program marks the first time that the Postal Service is using a dedicated natural gas engine. The effort is being co-funded by the Department of Energy and four utilities: Southern California Gas, Washington Gas Light, Brooklyn Union Gas, and Boston Gas.
 According to Postal Service officials, the TecoDrive engine was chosen because it is the only engine suitable for their vehicles that has been certified under the strict California emission codes. They added that they are pleased to be playing a role in cleaning up the air, and hope that their program will set an example for other fleet operators around the country.
 Eight two-ton vehicles will be shipped to Tecogen's Engine Technology Center in Marlborough, Mass., where they will be outfitted with TecoDrive engines and natural gas fuel systems. Two dedicated-CNG vehicles will then be sent to each of the cities of Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., where they will be used on regular postal routes. The Postal Service is considering an option for more vehicles in other locations. This government agency operates approximately 8,000 two-ton delivery trucks.
 Richard Mastronardi, vice president of Tecogen Inc. and head of the company's research and development efforts, said, "This is an ideal application for our TecoDrive natural gas engine. These postal vehicles travel regular routes in highly congested cities, where they have ready access to natural gas refueling stations. In addition to low emissions, our engine offers the necessary reliability and long life that the post office depends on for its vehicles."
 Tecogen Inc. manufactures, markets, and services natural gas-fueled cogeneration and commercial cooling systems, marine engines, and industrial refrigeration equipment. The company also conducts research and development on low-emission natural gas engines for vehicles; pump, compressor, and electric generator drives; as well as advanced systems for clean-coal combustion and other high-efficiency gas-fueled devices. Tecogen is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: John Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
 (TGN) CO: Thermo Electron; Tecogen ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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