Automotive X-Prize Winners Announced

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The 30-month-long Progressive Automotive X-Prize for marketable 100 MPGe* cars has come to an end, with three cars out of the 111 original teams splitting the $10 million prize.  Winning $5 million was Edison2‘s Very Light Car (video below) from Virginia, an 800 pound four-wheeled four-seater that runs on E85 ethanol and won in the Mainstream category, meaning a car that has the basic features of a typical car (4 wheels, seats 4, can travel 200 miles on a single tank or charge).  The Very Light Car has a range of 600 miles on one tank, with a top speed of 100 mph.

Swiss company X-Tracer entered the E-Tracer 7009 in the competition and won $2.5 million.  It’s an electric-powered two seater that can go from zero to 60 in less than seven seconds.  It gets the equivalent of 197 MPGe and has a top speed of 120 mph.  It’s has two regular wheels and a couple extra that look like training wheels.  Training wheels? At your age? Get it together, E-Tracer.

Also winning $2.5 million was North Carolina based company Li-ion Motors‘ Wave II, a three-wheeled electric two-seater which gets the equivalent of 187 MPGe with a range of 170 miles and a top speed of 80 mph.  You’re not going to get back to the future at that speed, guys.

All the finalists and winners now have the opportunity to possibly receive funding from a U.S. Department of Energy program for “production ready” concept cars.  Meanwhile, I may receive funding from a U.S. Department of Interior program for bloggers who stay indoors the longest. (I don’t know what the Department of Interior does.)

* miles per gallon or energy equivalent

[Sources: CrunchGear, CNET, Discoblog]

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