• Sep 16th 2010 at 2:01PM
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The moment that we've been waiting for is finally upon us. Today is the day that competitors who took part in the grueling four-month long Automotive X-Prize competition find out if they survived the cut. At stake, part or all of the $10 million prize purse and the right to exclaim that they've won one of the most demanding automotive competitions to date. So, let's get down to it.

In the Alternative Class-Tandem, two entrants, both fielded by team X-Tracer, survived the early rounds and stood out as potential victors. The Peraves E-Tracer has emerged as the class winner, taking home the highly-coveted honor as the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, Alternative Class - Tandem champion. Oh, and $2.5 million. Our congratulations go out to the team for developing an amazing vehicle that outlasted and outperformed more than 30 other entries.

Powered by AC's Propulsions state-of-the-art electric drive system, the E-Tracer quickly jumped to the front of its class and never looked back. As Tom Cage, chief executive officer of AC Propulsions, said:
The Peraves E-Tracer is a perfect match for our electric drive system. Both the vehicle and our drive system excel in performance and efficiency and that is what it takes to compete successfully for the X Prize.
Completing every stage of the Automotive X-Prize is obviously a daunting task, but the E-Tracer and its team refused to quit and competed with tenacity to the very end, which makes them well deserving of the $2.5 million prize purse and a congratulatory pat on the back. Hit the jump to find out more about the Peraves E-Tracer, overall winner of Progressive's Automotive X-Prize in the Alternative Class-Tandem.



[Source: AC Propulsion, New York Times]

PRESS RELEASE

E-TRACER WINS PROGRESSIVE AUTOMOTIVE X PRIZE – POWERED BY AC PROPULSION'S ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM

Spotlight Shines on AC Propulsion for High Performance Electric Drive System

Washington, DC (September 16, 2010) – AC Propulsion, a global leader in electric drive development, design and manufacturing, announced today that the winner of the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, Alternative Class (Tandem), the Peraves E-Tracer, is powered by AC Propulsion's state-of-the-art electric drive system. The E-Tracer outlasted and outperformed more than 30 entries over the grueling fourmonth X PRIZE competition.

Widely known for the drive system technology powering the Tesla Roadster, MINI E and eBox electric vehicles, AC Propulsion added another winner to the list of vehicles using its tzerotm technology as the innovative E-Tracer ascended the podium to receive the coveted 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.

"The Peraves E-Tracer is a perfect match for our electric drive system," said Tom Gage, AC Propulsion CEO. "Both the vehicle and our drive system excel in performance and efficiency and that is what it takes to compete successfully for the X PRIZE."

The goal of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles that offer more consumer choices. Ten million dollars in prize money was awarded to the teams that won their class competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon energy equivalent (MPGe).

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE puts added global focus on efficiency, safety, affordability, and the environment. It is about developing real, production-capable cars that consumers will want to buy, not science projects or concept cars. This progress is needed because today's oil consumption is unsustainable and automotive emissions significantly contribute to global warming and climate change.

About AC Propulsion:
AC Propulsion is a global leader in the development, design and manufacture of electric vehicle technology. AC Propulsion's proprietary tzero™ technology is a complete solution for electric vehicles, and can be customized for every class of electric vehicle, from a sports car to an SUV to an 8-ton city bus. AC Propulsion is also a leader in the development of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)-capable vehicles, as well as the research and development of V2G technology. For more information, please visit www.acpropulsion.com, or call (310) 383-0956.


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      • 8 Months Ago
      Automotive X-Prize: Epic fail.

      I was hoping for much better.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't get me wrong guys, I have a 40 mile high way commute, I would love the 100 mile electric version, I just didn't like the price. If you could get this down to the price of a motorcycle I would give it a go!!! Looks like great fun and the mileage speaks for it's self.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Personally, I think these would be an epic success.
      This must be the most fun in the world to commute in, a kind of eco-Porsche.
      • 8 Months Ago
      How is this new? These were in the 1991 movie Until the End of the World as the police motorcycles. In 20 years the E-Tracer hasn't changed much and is still way overpriced.
      • 8 Months Ago
      With a new Tron movie coming out, they should give one of these a paint job and some electroluminescent accents in the style of the original 1982 lightcycle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Doesn't the EV version get something like 360 mpge?
      • 8 Months Ago
      yeah, it's technically a motorcycle, but why should it not have won? read the rulebook, Mr Frederiksen, if that is your real name. it was the automotive x-prize and not the automobile x-prize, if you can tell the difference. and it says for the alternative class: 2, 3 or 4-wheeled vehicles can compete. any questions? and please stop commenting on vehicle dynamics your have not experienced. it was certainly good enough to win the X-Prize, but it would have blown away the whole competition had they not put a speed limit of a measerly 70 mph on the racing. it costs so much because it represents the best components and materials available. we are not able to produce a lesser version because that's not our game. we have officially reached 205,3 mpge, the AC-P 150 kW can propel the E-Tracer to a ungoverned 200+ mph and it easily gets 3 hours or over 200 miles of constant highway driving at 75 mph. with the standard built in charger with 20kW power and V2G-capability, it can be then recharged again in only one hour. Nobody else can give you that kind of performance level, at any price. So please shut-up, Dan...cheers, Roger Riedener, Team Leader and Driver of X-Tracer 79, CEO of Peraves Ltd, Switzerland www.monotracer.com or www.21stCenturyMotoring.com
      • 8 Months Ago
      it should never have won because it has the slippery road weakness and emergy maneuverability weaknesses that motorcycles have because it obviously is a motorcycle. it will never be part of the solution of green mobility so it is frankly an injustice to award the design.
      because of the long wheel base and the training wheels I think it's fairly bad in city traffic as well, especially 3 point turns and backing. it's a vehicle that was conceived with only high speed straight line travel in mind and in the 30 years or so it has been made that never occured to them.

      ACpropulsion could do with an improved design as well. the box is much too big and the price tag is ridiculous. the box can be 1/3 the size and the price could be less than 1/10th. Alan Cocconi's pivotal role in EV history is only matched by the total lack of progress in the 2 decades since he first built it.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Mike, perhaps but not that I have seen. I merely deduced it from understanding of the vehicle.
        it is quite obviously a cabin motorcycle with lengthened wheelbase to accommodate lower more recumbent seating positions. it has far fewer options for traction control than a 4 wheel vehicle.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Dan, did it demonstrate those characteristics somewhere?
        Is it as safe as a motorcycle? Can they put some traction control software into the computer?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I saw that they are putting a price $100,000 on this. Cracker please! Honda, Yamaha, are you watching, people don't want to get caught out in the rain, make us one of these please.
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