Ingo Valentin was interviewed on local news station WISN recently about his 130 MPG Ingo Car. The car uses in-wheel motors that run on fluid pressurized from a small on-board gas motor. Ingo hopes the car will win the X-Prize so he will get the funding needed to get the car into production. The car has interesting features like regenerative breaking, but I am not too sure about the bumpers that store energy if there is an accident. The use of pressurized fluids seems to be an emerging and clean automotive technology (see links below) and may beat out electric and ethanol cars to take the X-Prize.
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