• Sep 16, 2010
Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet the winners of the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize. But before we get to declaring the victors, let's take one last look at the finalists:

Mainstream Class
  • Edison2, Very Light Car (team name, car name)
Alternative Class - Tandem
  • X-Tracer, E-Tracer
Alternative Class - Side-by-Side
  • Aptera, Aptera 2e
  • Li-ion Motors, Wave II
  • RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout
  • TW4XP, TW4XP
  • ZAP, Alias


Want to see the actual winners (besides the two that are rather obvious, of course)? Click past the jump.

Of the 136 vehicles that were initially registered for the X-Prize back in 2007, only 41 received design approval and took part in the grueling four-month-long on-track testing at the Michigan International Speedway this spring. The elimination process continued as the vehicles progressed through several stages called the Shakedown, Knockout, Finals and Validation rounds. With the Validation round complete, The New York Times is reporting the following winners: the Very Light Car, the E-Tracer and the Wave II.

Emerging as the overall winner in the Mainstream Class and walking away $5 million richer is none other than Edison2 with its Very Light Car (VLC). The VLC sits on a 100-inch wheelbase, weighs in at just 830 pounds and is propelled by a single-cylinder motorcycle engine that churns out 40 horsepower.

Taking top honors in the Alternative Class-Tandem and pocketing $2.5 million is the enclosed motorcycle-like vehicle, the E-Tracer.

After four grueling months of competition in the Alternative Class-Side-by-Side, Li-ion Motors, with its Wave II battery-electric vehicle, walked away with $2.5 million in its pocket and a victory under its belt.

With the winners announced, the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize comes to a close, but our coverage of this remarkable event continues on. Follow our brethren at Autoblog Green throughout the day for an in-depth look at each individual winner and tune in throughout the day for exclusive X-Prize updates.

[Source: New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      what is the point of all this ? without the cheat, where will they be ?? how about x-prize for a production 4 passage vehicle that goes 100mpg with performance no less then today's corolla and cost less then 15k ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least the original X-prize had a point. This is just fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree, what was learned here? jack squat

        $10m and lots of effort down the drain

        does anyone really believe that any of these cars will be sold in the near future? of if they were, that they would sell?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's that black car? The Mclaren?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations to the team at Edison2, and all the other teams!

      The optimism in most of these comments is so encouraging. It's what is most disappointing about web 2.0 and all the sites that have comments. The people that appreciate the posts and really have something to say often don't... And those that troll the net looking to drag down others accomplishments, don't know how to see the good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But seriously, how much did they spend planning, designing and engineering to be the best there? I'm sure the grand prize MAYBE wasn't worth it?? Or maybe the bragging rights satisfied their needs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is an interesting video from NASA presenting the Edison2:
      http://www.nasa.gov/mp4/482403main_NASA360-0217.mp4
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they had had points for style, the Aptera would have done much better, IMHO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I know. I was excited when they first announced the car and indicated that there would be a hybrid version, but given their difficulties getting anything to market, I don't know whether to hold my breath for a hybrid Aptera or a new Alfa!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a technical problem, not a styling problem. I'm talking about appearance, accommodation, and practicality. I admit having the door open in a turn might be a bit disconcerting, but having driven Morgans for years, it's not something I'm unfamiliar with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, i thought you were making a joke about the various embarrassing technical/design issues the Aptera had during testing.

        I'm not a fan of the styling of the car, but it did look quite a bit better than the other entries for sure. Too bad it seems to be vaporware so far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So we learned that a ultra light car with a small motor gets high mpg?

      NO SH#T!!!

      An X prize is about engineering. Stripping a normal car down to it's most basic form is not what I would call worthing of an X prize.

      What a joke.

      p.s. - They have cars right now, you can build one, that get 127+mpg and carry 4 people plus can crash into a wall just fine. I've seen them, they are real. I know a guy who built his first one in 1970 and it got 90 mpg. Basically does what the volt does. Engine, generator, batteries.

      Simple.

      Taxes are collected on gallons sold, not to mention oil company profits. You will never see a day when you can use less fuel without that increase in MPG being combined with an increase in the price of a gallon of fuel. It's no coincidence that the prius technology was first patented in the 1960s. 50 mpg in 1965 would have crushed oil company profits.

      That is why going green is so stupid! We use less of something and still pay more or the same to do so.

      This has never been about the environment, it's about money. Now they are using the environment as an excuse to milk you for more money.

      Welcome home suckers. You are nothing more than a cash cow, let's get those teats hooked up shall we?
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