Solectria Wins Tour de Sol...Again!
For immediate release: May 30, 1999
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11th Consecutive Victory!

Solectria Electric Cars Take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place at National Race

(Wilmington, Massachusetts) - Solectria Corporation announced today that a Solectria Force electric sedan powered by GP Nickel Metal Hydride batteries captured first place overall in the 11th annual Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's American Tour de Sol ("NESEA Tour") electric vehicle (EV) championship. The winning car, sponsored by GP Batteries International Ltd., EVermont (the Vermont Electric Vehicle Program), the Northeast Alternative Vehicle Consortium (NAVC), and Solectria, demonstrated a driving range of 142 miles on one charge and also won recognition for its efficiency, reliability, acceleration, handling, and consumer acceptability. Approximately 50 vehicles, including EVs manufactured by Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Toyota, were entered in the week-long NESEA Tour that concluded yesterday in scenic Lake George, New York.
This achievement marks the 11th consecutive first place victory by a Solectria EV since the NESEA Tour was first held in 1989. Second place was awarded to a Solectria Force equipped with Ovonic Nickel Metal Hydride batteries entered by the Ovonic Battery Company of Troy, Michigan, while third place went to a Solectria Force with SAFT Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) batteries entered by the Rideshare Company of Windsor, Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
The Ethel Walker School of Simsbury, Connecticut won fifth place and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation took eighth place, each team driving a Solectria Force powered by lead acid batteries. "As in past years, we are again thrilled with the success of so many of our customers. Time and again, they have demonstrated that Solectria electric cars and trucks work great in real-world driving conditions," commented Solectria CEO James Worden.
In other highlights, a Solectria Force with SAFT NiCad batteries entered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation made history as the first fuel cell vehicle ever entered in the competition. Also, a Solectria CitiVan electric delivery truck used by the US Postal Service for a daily mail delivery route in Manhattan, demonstrated a range of 71 miles on one charge. This vehicle is owned by the New York City Department of Transportation, with support provided by the Boston Edison Company, the US Postal Service, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) through the NAVC.
Solectria Corporation, a leading developer of electric vehicles and EV components, produces electric vehicles ranging from passenger sedans to delivery trucks. Over 1000 electric vehicles worldwide, ranging in size from full-size hybrid-electric transit buses to student-built solar racing cars, rely on Solectria's proprietary drive system technology.