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BAT Electrobike Announces Grand Opening in LA

8 February 1999

BAT Electrobike Announces Grand Opening in LA In Conjunction with BAT Shareholders Meeting
    CHULA VISTA, Calif., Feb. 8 -- BAT International's
(OTC Bulletin Board: BAAT) subsidiary, Electrobike (, will be
having a grand opening of its new showroom and headquarters on February 26,
l999.  The showroom is located in the first power plant built by Thomas Edison
in Los Angeles.  This historic building was constructed in 1901 and frequently
visited by Edison.  It was renovated in 1980 into commercial offices and
artist lofts and is now called the "Brewery Complex."
    The 3000 square foot Electrobike showroom contains elegant steel
sculptured ramps designed around artful displays of cycling elegance.  It is a
fitting tribute to Edison that Electrobike will be constructing the next
generation of 2 and 3 wheel electric powered transportation at this site.  A
press conference is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on the 26th of February in
addition to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration.  Numerous
local dignitaries and celebrities are planning to attend this event and the
event is open to the public.  Electric bicycles will be available for rides
and drives.  All new models will be on display.
    In addition to being Electrobike's US showroom, the Brewery Complex will
also house the US manufacturing facilities Electrobike products.  This
facility will also be the location where Electrobike will build a set of
limited edition collector series electric cycles, including the "Miripolski
Motorcanvas" and "Motor Sculpture."  In addition to these business functions,
the Brewery Complex will warehouse shipments of electric bicycles from our
joint venture partner in China, Suzhou Machinery Holding (see press release
    The timing of Electrobike's grand opening in LA on February 26th is
designed to allow BAT shareholders to attend the Electrobike open house in
conjunction with  BAT's annual Shareholders Meeting on Saturday, February 27th
in San Diego.  LA and San Diego are only a two-hour drive apart, which enables
interested stockholders to conveniently attend both events.  The BAT
Shareholders Meeting will be held at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego (just north
of the airport) starting at 10 am.  BAT urges all shareholders to attend both
    BAT is arranging busing of pre-registered stockholders for a tour of its
automobile and truck manufacturing plant in Otay Mesa, Mexico (see press
release 1/21/99).  Any stockholder interested in attending this event must
pre-register by email to or by fax at 619-409-9598.
Registrants should include their email address, fax number, and/or voice phone
number in the event that BAT needs to notify attendees of scheduling changes.
Registrants who plan to take the auto plant tour must bring along photo
identification such as a driver's license or other legal identification
document in order to cross the border.
    BAT anticipates that its 1999 Annual Shareholders Meeting will be the most
exciting and informative annual meeting to date and expects substantial
stockholder attendance.  The meeting will include a raffle of BAT's new
"Rhino" Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV) to a lucky meeting attendee.  BAT will
also raffle off three electric bicycles and six two-year supplies of our TVT
super lubricant products.  All winners must be at the Shareholders Meeting to
be eligible for the raffle.  Please visit BAT's web site at for
additional information including picture and specifications of BAT's new
"Rhino" vehicle.
    BAT International is organized as a holding company with major ownership
position in a set of subsidiary companies now commercializing advanced
automotive and engine technology products.   This press release contains
forward-looking statements that should not be used to make an investment
decision.  Please refer to BAT's web site and other sources for more detailed
information (Investor Relations (619-409-8980)).