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Date:6/20/2008

e technology, as well as greater understanding of the connectivity between vehicle and electric grid, customer usage patterns, technical standards and viable business models.

Ford also continues to advance the technology of hydrogen fuel cells as a future transportation alternative. Currently, the company has a fleet of 30 Focus fuel cell vehicles deployed in the United States, Germany and Iceland, already having logged more than 700,000 miles in testing.

-- GM's Advanced Propulsion Technology Strategy embraces a portfolio of advanced propulsion systems and alternative energy resources, including gasoline and diesel, biofuels, electricity and hydrogen fuel cells. GM has pledged a broad commitment to producing electrically-driven vehicles that help diversify energy sources, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Vehicles include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, extended range electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Over the next four years, GM will introduce 16 new hybrid models - an average of one every three months.

GM has also launched "Project Driveway" - the largest market test of fuel cell vehicles in the world. More than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles are being given to every-day drivers, celebrities and other dignitaries to gauge interest, consumer reaction and vehicle performance

And, GM's E-Flex System, highlighted by the Chevy Volt, is an all- electric vehicle architecture, which consists of a common drivetrain system that uses grid electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery. An on-board range extender which can be a gasoline/E85-powered engine, diesel engine or hydrogen fuel cell system, creates additional electricity to extend the vehicle's range when needed.

Established as the FreedomCAR Partnership in 2002 and expanded to include fuel companies in 2003, the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership is a public- private partnership between the U.S. DOE; five major energy producers, including BP Ame
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