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Deka Batteries Teams with Nuvera Fuel Cells to Develop Advanced Power Options for Industrial Truck

December 27, 2004

Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of fuel cell power systems, and East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., maker of Deka batteries and the world's largest single-site independent battery manufacturer, announced they will jointly develop a hybrid battery / fuel cell electric "engine" to power lift trucks and other off-road industrial vehicles used in the material handling and the airport ground support sectors.

According to the agreement, East Penn and Nuvera will engage in an exclusive three-phase, two-year joint development effort. Their objective will be to develop another power solution which, like lead-acid batteries, is emission-free. The product will be designed to refuel in minutes and be interchangeable with standard battery trays used today.

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, industrial, marine, telecommunications, commercial, and stationary markets. The company's quality systems for its entire 480-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/TS 16949:2002 requirements. The company's Wire and Cable division has been certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System requirements. The company claims to have the largest, most modern single-site manufacturing facility in the world. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit the company web site at www.dekabatteries.com.

Nuvera Fuel Cells (www.nuvera.com) is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of fuel cell power systems for the automotive, distributed generation, commercial, and
industrial markets. Since 1992, its fuel processors, fuel cell stacks and power systems have been successfully tested and evaluated by major automobile and appliance manufacturers, research institutions, telecommunications organizations, and industrial and energy companies and end-use customers. Nuvera Fuel Cells operates facilities in Cambridge, MA in the U.S. and in Milan, Italy, where its manufacturing operation is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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