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GOVERNOR GREGOIRE, OTHER OFFICIALS WELCOME HOME 150 MPG EXTREME HYBRID,
POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO SKYROCKETING FUEL PRICES AND GREENHOUSE GAS CONCERNS
Two AFS Trinity XH-150s Return Home After Successful Cross Country Earth Day Tour
SEATTLE, WA, June 3, 2008 . . . Governor Chris Gregoire and other state and local officials today welcome home Washington-based AFS Trinity Power Corporation from a cross country tour in which its XH-150 Plug-in Hybrid SUVs have been celebrated as the possible answer to record high fuel prices, U.S. oil dependence and motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions,
(see link http://www.afstrinity.com/press-coverage.htm)
Governor Gregoire, along with local, county and state officials will ride and drive the "Extreme Hybrid" today near South Lake Union in Seattle. The XH-150 is not only a possible solution to high fuel prices and vehicular greenhouse gas emissions, but also a powerful confirmation that the tighter fuel economy standards contained in the State's Clean Cars Initiative are fully achievable with technology that already exists.
(see link http://www.pscleanair.org/programs/climate/cleancars/default.aspx)
Two XH-150 prototypes are returning this week to the Seattle area after being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and then traveling to cities across the U.S. to demonstrate the car to carmakers, government officials and the driving public, including a ride-and-drive demonstration on Earth Day for members of Congress in the Nation's Capital.
Road tests of the XH-150 at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina prior to the Detroit unveiling demonstrated extreme fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Test reports indicated the XH-150 traveled 41.9 miles without burning an once of fuel in a mixed urban/highway driving cycle, achieved all-electric highway speed of 87 MPH, accelerated faster to 60 MPH than comparable gasoline-only models (11.6 seconds) and, in full hybrid mode, delivered zero to 60 in just 6.9 seconds. Along with dramatically reducing vehicle emissions, the XH-150 is expected to significantly reduce the cost of operating a car. It uses only one dollar of off-peak electricity to provide enough power for the average driver's 40 miles of daily driving and can achieve 150 miles per gallon during a typical 340 mile week. No other hybrid or plug-in hybrid of which AFS Trinity is aware has demonstrated the ability to achieve such fuel economy, range, highway speed and acceleration.
“Global climate change is a threat to our environment and economy that will impact future generations,” said Governor Gregoire. "I am hopeful that continued research and development will lead to even more innovations like the Extreme Hybrid plug-in. This Washington-headquartered company is a shining example of Washington state being a home for innovators."
The State of Washington is among a group of 13 states that have joined California in a Federal Law Suit demanding that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit the states to enforce tighter vehicle emission standards to accelerate reduction of tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions.
ABOUT AFS TRINITY
AFS Trinity develops Fast Energy Storage™ for vehicular, spacecraft and stationary power systems utilizing batteries, ultracapacitors, and flywheels. The Company has conducted programs with private and government organizations including DARPA, NASA, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. DOT, California Energy Commission, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Lockheed, Honeywell, Mercedes and Ricardo. AFS Trinity's patent-pending Extreme Hybrid™ drive train utilizes ultra-capacitors, batteries and proprietary power and control electronics for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Ricardo, the world's leading independent automotive engineering firm, with over 1900 engineers in facilities around the world, has assisted AFS Trinity in building the first XH-150 prototypes and is a preferred supplier to AFS Trinity for drive train integration support. For more information visit www.afstrinity.com and www.ricardo.com.
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Some statements in this news release are forward-looking. These statements may be identified by the use of words such as "will," "expects," "believes," "targets," "intends," and words of similar import. Actual results may vary depending on circumstances both within and outside the control of the Company including market acceptance of products, technology development cycles and other risk factors. AFS Trinity Power Corporation takes no responsibility for updating any forward-looking statements made in this release.
Extreme Hybrid™, ExtremeFleet™, XH™, XH-150™, XH-250™, Fast Energy™, Fast Energy Storage™, Just Plug It In™, Powered by Fast Energy™ are trademarks pending of AFS Trinity Power Corporation. Patents Pending. All Rights Reserved. © 2008 AFS Trinity Power Corporation.
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