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    Automotive X Prize: And the winners are... (spoiler alert)

    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 ...

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    Automotive X-Prize: Finalists announced, X-Tracer now last team standing in Tandem class

    Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ladies and gentlemen, meet your finalists for the Automotive X-Prize: Mainstream Class Edison2, Very Light Car (team name, car name) Alternative Class – Tandem X-Tracer, E-Tracer Alternative ...

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    Automotive X Prize revs up for Michigan events, Knockout Stage starts next week

    Governor Granholm and X-Prize CEO Peter Diamandis in the Amp'd Sky – Click above for high-res image gallery
    At the official kick-off event for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize in Lansing, MI today, the same cars, most of the same people and the same "news" was delivered as we ...

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    Not-so-shocking admission: Zap kills Xebra, slows development of Alias

    Our sleuthing colleagues over at The Truth About Cars have dissected electric car maker Zap's latest 10-Q filing, and they unearthed the following little tidbit: "The decrease of $1.5 million (in revenue) is primarily due to the phase out of our three wheeled Xebra vehicle with reduced selling ...

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    ZAP working on all-electric pickup truck, wants to build it in U.S.

    In addition to the planned Alias from ZAP, the electric vehicle company wants to branch into the electric pickup truck market as well. According to the latest in a long line of press releases from ZAP, the company has completed the engineering stage of a project to develop a four-wheel electric ...

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    ZAP releases sketch of all-EV ZAP-X

    We freely admit that the all-electric Tesla Roadster has wowed us with its impressive specs. While none have been delivered yet, all available evidence indicates that the car's 0-60 time of under four seconds, 130-mph top speed and 250-mile range are all true. Then there's ZAP, a distributor of ...

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    Obvio!, Lotus to create multifuel, microsports cars

    It's really easy to get excited when you hear Lotus is teaming up with a Brazilian carmaker to produce a small (89" wheelbase), light (1,648 lbs), three-seat sportscar called the 012. Then to hear it gets 40 mpg on the highway from its 1.6L 4 cylinder and offers a choice of paddle-shifted CVT or ...

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    VIDEO: OBVIO! 828 in action

    Progress is steadily being made to bring the Brazilian-based OBVIO! mini cars to the U.S. through ZAP. The California-based automobile distributor that brought us the SMART fortwo before DaimlerChrysler itself has already prepurchased 50,000 units. And finally we can see the 828 in action in this ...

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    Decision on SMART coming in June

    DaimlerChrysler is still deciding whether or not to bring the brand to the U.S. and a recent Forbes article quotes Klaus Maier, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes Car Group, as saying, "I expect that we will make a final decision in June." Meanwhile, Zap began importing SMART cars in the U.S. ...

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    ZAP zips Smart car sales up to a record month

    On Tuesday, ZAP, makers of the micro Smart Cars (not to be confused with the smart cars by DaimlerChrysler) posted sales totaling $2.3 million since inception according to the company. Said Steve Schneider, ZAP CEO, "The purpose of this announcement is to let the world know that we are ...

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    ZAP delivers first SMART cars to U.S. customers

    Late last month ZAP delivered the first 85 Americanized SMART cars to U.S. customers. The first delivery was made to Tim Day of Phoenix who won the honor with the highest bid on an eBay auction last summer. Both the application process for government certification and a suit filed by ZAP ...


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