• Sep 16th 2010 at 6:30PM
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Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

With only one finalist in the Mainstream Class still standing prior to the Validation Stage in the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, it came as no surprise that the Edison2 team from Lynchburg, VA., with its Very Light Car (VLC), took home the crown. What began as a competition between 136 vehicles from 111 teams and later narrowed down to just nine elite finalists, ended with three class winners and $10 million awarded.

Capturing victory in the Mainstream Class, Edison2's Very Light Car (VLC) sits on a 100-inch wheelbase, weighs in at a scant 830 pounds and is propelled by a rear-mounted, single-cylinder motorcycle engine that burns a blend of ethanol and gasoline to crank out 40 horsepower. Edison2's victory did not come easy. Troubles throughout the competition threatened the team's chances of winning, but Edison2 pushed on and stood alone as the only team in the Mainstream Class to complete all of the grueling stages of the competition and thus walk away as the winner and $5 million richer.

So, on to the final remaining question: What's next? We'll let 
Oliver Kuttner, founder of Edison2 say it himself:
The 
X
 Prize 
is 
only 
the 
beginning. We 
need 
to 
demonstrate 
that 
low-mass 
cars
 can 
be 
safe 
and 
meet 
FMVSS 
safety 
standards.
 We 
need 
to 
show
 how 
our 
Light 
Car 
principles
 can 
dramatically 
improve 
efficiency 
for 
electric, 
hybrid, 
diesel
 and
 natural 
gas 
systems.
 And 
we
 need 
to 
create 
cars 
to 
fit 
the
 wide 
needs 
of 
consumers: 
SUV's, 
family 
sedans, 
sports 
and 
utility
 models 
– 
all 
light, 
aerodynamic, 
safe 
and 
incredibly 
efficient.


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    • 1 Second Ago
  • 8 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      It don't look mainstream, it look alternative, very strange. Im interrested to buy anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't understand them. I just said that im interrested to BUY and i didn't receive any offers nor any mails ?? do they exist first of all or they are car-maker wannabee for eternity ??? i have a private email and internet. What is their problems to these subsidized workers. I don't consider them a business anymore.. F&?k them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Four large Americans in the seats and this car may have problems making it up hills with 40 hp. Idk?
        • 5 Years Ago
        emergency assist pedals are provided
      • 5 Years Ago
      An ethanol powered car won? The horror!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is this a mainstream car? can my family of 4 use this daily? didn't think so....
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We 
need 
to 
show
 how 
our 
Light 
Car 
principles
 can 
dramatically 
improve 
efficiency 
for 
electric, 
hybrid, 
diesel
 and
 natural 
gas 
systems.
"

      Ok, is now after this thread that Dan will be impossible to live with? =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        : )
        don't worry. of course light and aerodynamic is the way to go but I can't quite take credit for being the inventor of the idea. just a strong proponent of a good truth.
        I was first introduced to it by people like Loremo and predating that is the hypercar principle from Amory Lovins. oddly enough I do seem to appreciate it more than they do. Lovins' proposed hypercar seems quite suboptimal to me which is odd since his prior Sunrise car was clearly superior.

        on a side note, 5 million dollars is quite a bit of money and it frankly angers me that such an effective sum is given to such a suboptimal design. What I couldn't do with that kind of money.
        not only the right kind of cars that would change the world but probably warp drives. field propulsion. things you can't even make yourself believe is possible. levitating cars. a conventionally flying car is trivial but actually silently levitating vehicles. material transmutation. teleportation. practical compact fusion.
        ah well. the Lord works in mysterious ways.
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