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This Unique Three-Wheeled EV Can Be Parked Vertically And Float On Water

Name a car that can drive into a body of water (or human body) without causing much harm? No, this isn't an automotive riddle. It's the vision of Doug Ballard and his Spira foam car.

We Drive The 207 MPGe Automotive X-Prize Runner-Up

In 2007, the Automotive X-Prize offered a $10 million purse for the development of a street-legal car capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon equivalent. As intended, the challenge spurred innovation and creative thinking, leading to some of the most interesting green concepts we've seen at Translogic.

New book recounts MPG competition in fascinating detail

In 2007, more than 200 teams set out on an ambitious automotive undertaking. The X Prize Foundation announced it would create a $10-million competition open to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that achieved 100 miles per gallon equivalent. AutoblogGreen followed the competition in real time, but the grueling three-year adventure has now been recounted in fascinating detail by author Jason Fagone in Ingenious, a new book on sale this month.

MonoTracer E – Click above to watch video after the jump

Automotive X Prize winner Li-ion Motors may have tarnished its reputation soon after the Wave II claimed the top spot in the Alternative Side-by-Side Class. As we reported previously, four out of the five teams competing in the category signed an agreement, drafted on spiral bound notebook paper, just minutes before the final race to split the $2.5 million purse based on an agreed-upon formula. Now Li-ion is asserting that the agreement is void because all five teams remaining at that point did

Peraves E-Tracer – Click above to watch video after the jump

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

West Philly EVX GT - Click above to watch video after the jump

Electric RaceAbout – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Li-Ion Motors Wave II – Click above for high-res image gallery

Peraves E-Tracer – Click above for a high-res image gallery

EVX Focus– Click above for high-res image gallery

As our coverage of the 2010 Automotive X-Prize comes to a close, now is as good a time as any to recap some of the events that led to the crowning of this year's champions. From the beginning, many of the X-Prize entrants likely knew that the grueling competition would cut the massive field of participants down to almost nothing, but they tenaciously competed for the title with the goal of winning always front and center. Setbacks along the way led to the early disappearance of several teams, bu

Li-Ion Motors Wave II – Click above for high-res image gallery

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Conceived as a catalyst for change, the Progressive Automotive X Prize is an event engineers dream of and dreamers engineer to win. At stake is a share of a $10 million purse and the opportunity to impact the world. Announced in March 2008, the backers of the X Prize hoped their significant purse would speed the development of more efficient automotive transportation. How efficient? How about at least 100 mpg?

X-Tracer – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

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