The on-track testing portions of the Automotive X-Prize are over with, and the vast majority of teams have been eliminated from contention. However, the $10 million in prize money won't be handed out until September 16. Before those checks are signed, the remaining competitors will have to complete a drive cycle on a dynamometer at the Argonne National Labratory. The dyno results will be averaged with the on-track results and the final numbers will have to top the 100 MPGe values originally set as the goal for the X-Prize. If the vehicles don't average 100 MPGe they can't claim the prize money. On top of that, all vehicles need well-to-wheels CO2 emissions of under 200 grams per mile.
The vehicles will be tested for fuel efficiency, range, emissions and hill climbing capability. The latter test will require the vehicles to maintain 55 miles per hour for 15 minutes on a simulated four percent grade.

In the mainstream class ($5 million purse), only the two vehicles from Edison2 made it through the knockouts, but both experienced engine damage during the coast down testing. Because of timing issues, the vehicles couldn't be repaired in time for the Argonne testing but officials are considering allowing them to use previous test results done by Roush Engineering. In the alternative (tandem) class ($2.5 million), only X-Tracer (pictured) remains. There are five teams left in the alternative (side-by-side) class ($2.5 million). We'll see who – if anyone – rides away with the prizes in two weeks.

[Source: Automotive X-Prize]


Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE to Award Up to $10 Million on September 16 in Washington, D.C. Ceremony

Awards Ceremony Culminates Multiyear Challenge to Deliver Production-Capable, Super, Fuel Efficient Vehicles; All Finalist Vehicles will be on Site

Progressive Insurance, the country's fourth largest
auto insurance group, and The X PRIZE Foundation, an
educational nonprofit prize organization, will
announce the winners of the Progressive Insurance
Automotive X PRIZE at a special awards ceremony in
Washington, D.C. Up to $10 million will be awarded to
as many as three teams that proved their entry vehicle
could meet the competition's strictest requirements,
including the ability to achieve 100 miles per gallon
or the energy equivalent (MPGe) and to survive
grueling real-world safety, efficiency, emissions,
WHO/WHAT: durability and range tests.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be
hosted by Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-
in-Chief of The Huffington Post; Jim Gianopulos,
Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Glenn
Renwick, President and CEO, of Progressive Insurance;
and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X
PRIZE Foundation. Attendees will have an opportunity
to meet the winning and finalist teams and get an up
close look at the vehicles and technologies that will
shape the future of the automotive industry.

Thursday, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. EDT (media
WHEN/WHERE: registration begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 801 K Street,
NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Winners
Announcement will be broadcast live at http:///


The goal of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles that offer more consumer choices. Ten million dollars in prizes will be awarded to the teams that win a stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 Miles per gallon or energy equivalent (MPGe). The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE will place a major focus on efficiency, safety, affordability, and the environment. It is about developing real, production-capable cars that consumers will want to buy, not science projects or concept cars. This progress is needed because today's oil consumption is unsustainable and because automotive emissions significantly contribute to global warming and climate change. The ten million dollar purse and partial funding for prize operations was provided by Progressive Insurance. Additional major funding for education, outreach, and technical operations was provided by $9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional funding for prize operations was provided by Cisco and private donors. For more information about the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, please visit or email


Progressive, founded in 1937, is one of the country's largest auto insurance groups and a leading insurer of motorcycles, recreation vehicles, boats, and commercial vehicles. The Company offers competitive rates and innovative products and services that meet drivers' needs throughout their lifetimes as well as 24/7 online and in-person customer and claims service. One of Progressive's Core Values is Excellence. To the Company's more than 24,000 people, it simply means seeking constant improvement. Over time, this has meant introducing revolutionary ideas that make car insurance easier to shop for, buy and use. It's this same innovative spirit that's behind the Company's sponsorship of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE will inspire innovation that will produce more fuel efficient vehicle choices, helping to make a difference in people's lives. Progressive's products and services are available locally through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies in the U.S., online at, and by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE (1-800-776-4737).


The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education & Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit

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