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In just a short while, the Automotive X-Prize will come to an end with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Wish you could be there? So do we, but we'll all have to make due with the next best thing: live streaming of the event. Starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT this morning, the X-Prize team will offer a live video feed here.

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

TW4XP at the Automotive X-Prize – Click above for high-res image gallery

After the first week of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize's Finals Stage, some of the better-known teams will have to say good-bye and watch the rest of the competition from the sidelines. According to a new press release from the AXP, Tata Motors, Amp, Commuter Cars (Tango) and Spira are out. Here are the reasons why:

Edison2's Very Light Car gets packed with ice – Click above for high-res image gallery

The picture above was taken today at the Automotive X-Prize event at the Michigan International Speedway, and it shows – in the simplest way possible – the goal of the competition: a car that gets more than 100 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge). The X-Prize was supposed to bring us the best, most efficient vehicle possible and award the winning team millions of dollars for developing it. While there's no question that the X-Prize has done a lot to further green car technologies,

The Finals Stage of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is taking place this week and, if nothing else, the organizers and teams involved now really know what they're doing. Most everything is running well and the teams "sailed" through tech inspection, in the words of Eric Cahill, the X-Prize's senior director. Also, there are fewer cars now to test, so the scene at the Michigan International Speedway is quiet and tense. After all, there's a lot of money – $10 million total – up for

Amp Equinox – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the Automotive X-Prize has not yet issued any official press release about which teams have made it through the Knockout Stage, some of the teams are spreading the good news about their results. Western Washington University, the team behind the Viking 45, says it is one of 12 teams left in the $10 million competition. Team Leader Eric Leonhardt said in a statement that:

Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Illuminati Seven – Click above for high-res image gallery