This morning, the X Prize Foundation announced the winners of the $10 million Progrssive Insurance X Prize. The competition goal is to "build a car that gets at least 100 MPGe in real world driving and is safe, affordable and desirable to offer consumers more efficient vehicle choices. Over 111 teams and 146 vehicles were entered in the competition, and this field was narrowed down to 15 finalists.
The winning prize was divided among three categories:
The winner in the mainstream class for a 4 passenger, 4 wheel vehicle and recipient of $5 million of the prize is Edison 2 with a score of 102.5 MPGe for the Very Light Car, a very lightweight, aerodynamic vehicle with a small, 250cc internal combstion engine that uses E85 ethanol fuel.
Alternative class winner for a 2 passenger vehicle in a side-by-side configuration and recipient of $2.5 million is Li-Ion Motors with a score of 187.0 MPGe for the Wave II an aerodynamic, battery-electric vehicle.
Alternative class winner for a 2 passenger vehicle in a tandem configuration and recipient of $2.5 million is Team X-Tracer with a score of 187.6 MPGe for the E-Tracer, an enclosed, electric motorcycle with stabilizer wheels for parking and low speeds.
Rating the vehicles with MPGe (Miles per Gallon or gasoline equivalent energy) was a metric developed by the X Prize and Consumer Reports to allow the evaluation of vehicles that used different kinds of fuels. The MPGe measurement "offers consumers the ability to make an apples-to-apples comparison of this next generation of vehicles that will use a variety of energy sources and fuels with the conventional cars they drive today."
written by Poly Endrasik, September 22, 2010
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