Electric Truck On Display At ElectroTech/98 Exhibition
26 June 1998Electric Truck On Display At ElectroTech/98 Exhibition
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 26 -- The 1998 Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle (EV) will be on display at ElectroTech/98, the premier technology exhibition dedicated to the advancement of the electrical and electronics industries. Scheduled for October 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, ElectroTech/98 will take place during the annual meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Managed by ISA, the international society for measurement and control, this inaugural technology exposition coincides with the first meeting of the IEC in the U.S. in 25 years, since the annual meeting rotates among its members' countries. Based on Ford Motor Company's best-selling compact truck, the Ford Ranger, the 1998 Ford Ranger EV pickup truck incorporates the same "Best-in-Class" design features as its gasoline counterpart. The Ranger EV is powered by proven lead-acid batteries and is equipped with third-generation, electric vehicle-specific, powertrain components and electronics. The Ranger EV will have a driving range between charges of approximately 60 miles. The goal for this vehicle is to meet a minimum of 150,000 miles or 10 years of useful driving life for the customer. The Ranger EV, Ford's 1998 production electric vehicle, has been designed and tested as reliable, durable and "Built Ford Tough." The Ranger EV ties into the special interest technical forums developed by the IEC. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America will host a roundtable session on the future of transportation that will include the U.S. Federal Government, the automobile and communications industries and the public sector. Roundtable sessions will also feature experts from the Infrastructure Standards Panel who will discuss the electrotechnical aspects of global information infrastructure from the U.S. perspective. At ElectroTech/98, companies and organizations such as AMP, Underwriters Laboratories, IEEE and Rockwell Automation will showcase their latest electrical and electronic components, power components, connectors, insulators, semiconductors, OEM electronics, fuses, gauges and more to leading engineers and scientists. ElectroTech/98 will attract attendees from the IEC annual meeting and manufacturers in the Gulf States, as well as exhibitors and attendees from ISA EXPO/98 for a total expected attendance of over 3,000. Admission to ElectroTech/98 is free. ElectroTech/98 will run concurrently with ISA EXPO/98, which will be held at the Astrodome USA in Houston from October 19-22. ISA EXPO/98, an annual conference and exhibition, is the premier showcase in North America for measurement and control technology. More than 40,000 instrumentation, measurement and control professionals from around the world will attend ISA EXPO/98. ElectroTech/98 and IEC'98 involve international organizations that develop and promulgate standards of professional practice. The IEC develops international standards for the electrical and electronics industry in cooperation with the American National Standards Institute. ISA develops standards for measurement and control instrumentation and systems. For more information about attending or exhibiting at ElectroTech/98, visit ISA OnLine at http://www.isa.org/techexpo/electech.html; call ISA InfoFax, a 24-hour fax information service, at 703-531-0920; or call ISA Member and Customer Service at 919-549-8411. ISA is a 47,000-member international, nonprofit, educational organization. The Society fosters advancement in the theory, design, manufacture, and use of instruments, computers, and systems for measurement and control. In addition to hosting the largest conferences and exhibitions for instrumentation and control in the Western Hemisphere, ISA is a leading training organization and a respected publisher of books, magazines, and consensus standards. And, ISA serves the professional development and credentialing needs of Control Systems Engineers (CSE), instrument technicians, and others within the field of measurement and control.