Last we heard, either 15 or 22 teams had made it to the Automotive X Prize's Knockout stage. Turns out, 21 teams will take to the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan this week for the next level of the competition to bring hyper-efficient vehicles to market.

Now that a few teams were shaken out of the line-up, it's time for the remaining teams to step up or go home. The cars won't be pushed quite as hard as they will during the finals in July, but the teams will need to prove that their vehicles can:
achieve at least two-thirds of the competition's key performance targets, including range, emissions and the stated 100 MPGe (miles per gallon or energy equivalent) fuel efficiency goal under real world driving conditions. This translates to at least 67 MPGe, no more than 300 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per mile, and range of at least 134 miles for the Mainstream class and 67 miles for the Alternative class.
The current list of teams left competing for the prize is available after the jump. We'll be on hand at MIS today learning more about who's doing what and how. If you're in the area, the competition will be open to the public Friday free of charge.

[Source: Automotive X Prize]

The teams left standing include:

Mainstream Class Teams
American HyPower, Centennial, Colorado (Gasoline, Hydrogen)
BITW Technologies
Cornell 100+ MPG Team
Edison2
Enginer
Global-E
Illuminati Motor Works
Liberty Motors Group
West Philly Hybrid X (EVX)

Alternative Class Teams
Side-by-Side Seating
Amp
Aptera Motors
Tata Motors Limited
Edison2
OptaMotive
RaceAbout Association
Li-Ion Motors (formerly Team EVI)
Team EVX
TW4XP
West Philly Hybrid X (EVX)
Western Washington University
Zap
Tandem Seating

Edison2
FVT Racing
Spira
Tango (Commuter Cars)
X-Tracer Team Switzerland


PRESS RELEASE

21 TEAMS KICK OFF KNOCKOUT QUALIFYING STAGE AT MIS!

Sunday marked the start of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Knockout Qualifying Stage, the second of three on-track competition stages unfolding at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan this summer. The teams that survived the first competition stage, called Shakedown, will be joined by seven additional teams that passed a "makeup" version of the Shakedown Stage at MIS June 16-18. Congratulations to TW4XP (Germany), FVT Racing (Canada), Illuminati Motor Works (Illinois), Li-Ion Motors (formerly Team EVI of North Carolina), Enginer (Michigan), Global-E (Louisiana), and Western Washington University (Washington).

The Shakedown "makeup" was held for teams that were unable to travel to MIS for the original Shakedown due to Iceland's volcanic eruptions or for teams that received conditional or probationary passes at Shakedown – meaning they were required to repeat select on-track competition events and/or technical inspections.

During this Knockout Qualifying Stage, competition officials will re-conduct inspections and certify each vehicle's readiness for this stage's on-track performance challenges. In order to pass, teams must demonstrate that their vehicles can achieve at least two-thirds of the competition's key performance targets, including range, emissions and the stated 100 MPGe (miles per gallon or energy equivalent) fuel efficiency goal under real world driving conditions. This translates to at least 67 MPGe, no more than 300 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per mile, and range of at least 134 miles for the Mainstream class and 67 miles for the Alternative class. They also have to pass acceleration, braking and avoidance tests that will be conducted by our partners at Consumer Reports. Vehicles that successfully meet or beat these targets will qualify to move on to the Finals Stage where they will compete for their share of the $10 million Grand Prize. This will be a difficult but pivotal stage for all participants.

The remaining cars in this competition are spectacular examples of how prize competitions can spur revolutionary innovation – in this case, super fuel efficient vehicles that get at least 100 MPGe while meeting consumer performance expectations. I have no doubt that these teams are building the cars of the future.

If you're interested in seeing the competing vehicles up close, please visit MIS on Friday, June 25, when special access and tours of the competition events will be offered free of charge. You may also check them out during the Great Lakes Wine Festival, taking place at Michigan International Speedway this weekend (June 26-27). With the exception of the Wine Festival, no reservations or tickets are needed. Learn more at www.progressiveautoxprize.org
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