Via-Tek and Electric Auto Corp Join Forces to Power the 21St Century

Companies to discuss use of Via-Tek hydrogen gas generator in alkaline fuel cell.

Published: 01-Nov-2000

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2000--Via-Tek is pleased to announce that it has entered into discussions with Electric Auto Corporation ("EAC") in connection with the use of EAC's remarkable alkaline fuel cell with Via-Tek's cutting edge hydrogen gas generator.

Via-Tek's patent pending hydrogen gas generator produces hydrogen gas from water via the time release of measured amounts of an alkaline metal emulsion into a water reservoir. The result is hydrogen gas on demand in the exact quantity required at any given moment.

Thomas W. Bergman, President and CEO of Via-Tek, advises "I believe that Via-Tek's hydrogen gas generator, combined with EAC's alkaline fuel cell, will establish hydrogen fuel as the preeminent fuel source of the 21st century."

EAC's alkaline fuel cell was developed by Dr. Karl Kordesch, a world renowned fuel cell scientist, and now a Director and Vice President of EAC. Dr. Kordesch originally developed an alkaline fuel cell while working for Union Carbide in 1965 which was supplied to General Motors for its Electrovan. Dr. Kordesch has been perfecting fuel cells since such time, has been granted over 80 patents on the fuel cell and its components and is credited with the invention of the Alkaline Primary Battery Cell now sold for flashlight batteries by Eveready, Energizer, Duracell and Rayovac as well as a rechargeable flashlight battery sold by Eveready. Dr. Kordesch is an expert in the fuel cell industry and has authored (and co-authored) several books on the topic including "Fuel Cells And Their Applications" published by VCH Publishers (New York) in 1996.

Dr. Kordesh echos Mr. Bergman's enthusiasm and states that "Together Via-Tek and Electric Auto Corporation have the capacity to provide safe, recyclable, non-polluting, cost effective hydrogen fuel that will reduce the cost of powering a vehicle by close to 90%."

Mr. Bergman, Dr. Kordesh and Robert Raymond Aronsson, Chairman of EAC, are available for further comment and discussion on the above at the Electric Auto Corporation display area during the 2000 Fuel Cell Seminar being held in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. through Nov. 2, 2000.

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