One of the vehicles on display in the Progressive Automotive X Prize booth at the Detroit Auto Show is the Very Light Car, an entry we hadn't seen before. Taking a similar attitude as the Rocky Mountain Institute about stripping away weight and complexity, the team behind the Very Light Car is doing everything possible to maximize the efficiency of the internal combustion engine hidden inside this poor man's Aptera. Yes, it's kind of ironic that an ICE vehicle is sitting on the show's "Electric Avenue," but that's the reality this year.

The Edison2 engineering team originally considered using a hybrid drivetrain in the VLC, but, "realized that light weight and low aerodynamic drag are two absolute virtues for auto efficiency, and that low weight and batteries are mutually exclusive," we learned in a statement. Now that the simpler drivetrain has been chosen for the VLC, Edison2 says that, "Only a few teams have a realistic chance of winning the X Prize, and our team is one of them." We have just nine months to find out if this confidence is warranted.


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