World Record For Electric Vehicles With Electric Fuel Energy System

Deutsche Post AG Vehicle Runs 424 km With One Battery Charged

From Bremen to Bonn

Zinc-Air Energy System Meets Expectations in an Impressive Way

May 07, 1997, 01:00 ET from Deutsche Post AG

    BONN, Germany, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche Post AG (German Postal
 Service) announced that a Mercedes-Benz MB410E powered by the Electric Fuel
 zinc-air energy system, drove from Bremen to Bonn on a single battery charge
 in spite of bad traffic conditions and traffic jams, the vehicle drove more
 than 424 km, via Hannover, the Weser Hill Country and the Bergische Hills.
 The vehicle carried a cargo of 650 kg, had total weight of 4.1 tons, and used
 only 94% of its battery capacity.
     Deutsche Post AG is performing a large field test of a new generation of
 electric vehicles with the zinc-air system developed by the Israeli company
 Electric Fuel Ltd.  Mercedes-Benz AG, Adam Opel AG, Deutsche Telekom, Electric
 Fuel and others are partners in and outside Germany.  Altogether, more than
 60 vehicles, Mercedes-Benz 41OE, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Opel Corsa Combo will
 be used.
     This is another impressive proof of the superior performance of the
 zinc-air energy system.  This record has shown that vehicles equipped with the
 Electric Fuel zinc-air system can run in normal traffic and can overcome
 difficult traffic conditions -- a result which cannot be achieved with any
 other battery system.  The technological advantages are clear and impressive.
     The current field test, with the regeneration plant in Bremen in its
 center, will also answer the questions of the economic feasibility of the
 Electric Fuel zinc-air energy system.
     Deutsche Post AG, with a fleet of 55,000 vehicles, is one of the largest
 fleet operators in Europe.  Deutsche Post sees electric vehicles using the
 Electric Fuel zinc-air energy system as the great chance for the environment.
 The battery and the regeneration do not cause any toxic emissions.  Electric
 Fuel zinc-air batteries are not recharged in the socket but, rather, are
 regenerated in an environment-friendly regeneration plant where the zinc-oxide
 is electrochemically regenerated into pure zinc.

SOURCE Deutsche Post AG