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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.

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A car with a motorcycle engine that gets 129 mpg

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A car with a motorcycle engine that gets 129 mpg

It's the strange little car that might be making an appearance on a roadway near you. Virginia-based Edison2 showed off the latest version of their super fuel-efficient Very Light Car, signaling a possible move towards to production.

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Edison2, the 2010 winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize for ultimate fuel efficiency, showed off the latest iteration, version 4.0, of its Very Light Car (VLC) at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, this week.

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It's not quite 310 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), but even at 245 MPGe, the Edison2 eVLC is certainly one of the most efficient vehicles to have ever completed EPA-accredited tests.

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Back in September of 2010, the team from Lynchburg, VA, Edison2, captured the X-Prize crown in the Mainstream Class with its single-cylinder, gasohol burnin' Very Light Car (VLC). After the win, Edison2 hinted that a version of VLC with "other power sources" could effectively "cure range anxiety." Lo and behold, Edison2's eVLC is here, but is it the cure for anxiety?

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On the heels of Audi unveiling its Urban Concept, Opel showing off its RAK e concept and Volkswagen pulling the sheets off its Nils concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Edison2 has revealed an electric version of the X-Prize-winning Very Light Car.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Edison2's Very Light Car gets packed with ice – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

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