Automotive X Prize Winners Announced

The X Prize Foundation and Progressive Insurance have awarded three design teams a total of $10 million for their fuel-efficient vehicles.
From EERE Network News
September 22, 2010
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The E-Tracer, made by X-Tracer Team Switzerland from Winterthur, Switzerland, reached the greatest fuel economy in the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, achieving more then 200 MPGe.

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The X Prize Foundation and Progressive Insurance awarded $10 million on Sept. 16 to three teams that won the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

Edison2, from Charlottesville, Va., claimed half of the prize purse by winning the “mainstream” class with its “Very Light Car,” a four-wheeled, aerodynamic vehicle that runs on E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) and seats four. The vehicle achieved the energy equivalent of 102.5 miles per gallon of gasoline (MPGe). It also achieved the lowest drag coefficient of any car with four wheels ever tested at Chrysler Proving Grounds, and it lived up to its name with a curb weight of only 830 pounds.

Earning a $2.5 million prize with a win in the “alternative side-by-side” class, the “Wave II” from Li-ion Motors Corp. of Mooresville, N.C., is an all-electric car powered by lithium-ion batteries. It seats two people, side-by-side. The car achieved 187 MPGe and demonstrated a driving range of more than 100 miles. Its distinctive look features an aerodynamic body that encloses all four wheels.

The remaining $2.5 million was awarded to X-Tracer Team Switzerland from Winterthur, Switzerland, which won the “alternative tandem” class with the E-Tracer, essentially an enclosed, all-electric motorcycle that deploys two extra outrigger wheels at low speeds to stabilize the vehicle. The E-Tracer achieved more than 200 MPGe, the greatest fuel economy reached in the competition. Its range exceeds 100 miles.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was heavily involved in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, providing $9 million in grants to support education, outreach and technical operations related to the competition. For the final stage of the competition, the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory performed dynamometer tests under controlled laboratory conditions to verify each vehicle’s performance.

Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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10/29/2010 8:00:12 PM
The US should offer more diesel powered autos, as Europe does...To an extent this would save a bundle...Or maybe CNG vehicles, like Honda ...We have lots of natural Gas, and CNG vehicles don't pollute...

Abbey Bend
10/29/2010 4:04:30 PM
MPGe, lets get serious! nothing about these care is really advancing transportation. The government would not allow any of the on the highway. Would you want to attempt to go through a crash test with one of them? There is a reason most automobiles in the United States weight over 2600 pounds! It is not because the companies cannot build them lighter, it is because you would not be able to meet the crash worthiness requirements decided on by the government! The is just mental masterbation, supported by the government and serves no real purpose until it is made more realistic. Make the bottom weight of the vehicles 2300 pounds and a top minimum speed of 80 miles per hour, then see where this goes. You would find all of these high milers would dissappear, and some altered Ford Fiesta or something similar would take the prize!

10/29/2010 3:16:19 PM
Are you kidding me, really, do you really think that mass America is going to buy this car??? I understand that this was to show case new and exciting ideas in the car world. I would have liked to see more cars that look some like what we have on the roads today and more electric and true hybryds would have been cool... Like Bill said, it will be interesting to see if this really does go into production, my bet is it will go the way side like other cars that were to be the next BIG thing. I am disappointed to see that they changed the rules and how they wanted to run the race, I really wanted to see these cars roll across America and show case there own ideas of what could be the real next big thing. I love the home grown ideas and what one man thinks is a good idea, now we never know... Sad but true... Maybe someone else will come out with another race that will be a true race across America.

10/29/2010 2:43:13 PM
I would have thought the Aptera ( would have been a no-brainer. It will be interesting to see if any of these vehicles ever actually make it into production.

Mark A. McClintick
10/29/2010 12:50:56 PM
I was hoping to see pictures of the electric vehicles. There was only one pic in the gallery and that was of the E85 car.

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