Auto X Prize not half-filled with low-speed vehicles
I've been following your posts in the AltCar Expo and, as always, have found them to be very informative. Unfortunately, I think there was a bit of confusion about Cristin's statement on the Blue Bus panel.
What she said in the context of the conversation about urban transport and the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE was that about 1/2 of the competitors were working on commuter-type vehicles (i.e. smaller, more agile, able to decrease space usage on roads, etc.) For a quick reference, take a look at the LOI Contenders page on our website. I know with 120 teams, it's a lot to take in, but the visual will help.
What Cristin referenced was Contenders such as Commuter Cars (0-60 in 4 seconds), Visionary Vehicles, TTW Turin, Myers Motors, etc. These vehicles are smaller but they are not NEVs. Ultimately, speed wins in the competition, so low speed NEVs don't have a chance. That said, there are a handful of Contenders who do currently produce NEVs but are planning to create a vehicle with greater speed and more mainstream applications (i.e. ZAP!, T3, Miles Electric, et. al.).
We'll say what the newspapers say: "we regret the error" and thanks to Buddenbaum.
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