One of the teams entered in the Automotive X-Prize is from Cornell University and they have selected an unexpected car which they will use as their test platform. In order to meet the goal of 100 mpg gasoline equivalent, team members have decided to build a plug-in hybrid
and have procured an old Geo Metro
to use as their test mule. Members of the team are currently tearing down the car to analyze the mass of the components so they can make their competition car as light as possible. Other team members are working on procuring and developing components for the drive-train including motors, batteries and electronics. The Popular Mechanics-sponsored team currently has about seventy members working on this project.
[Source: Popular Mechanics]