As our coverage of the 2010 Automotive X-Prize comes to a close, now is as good a time as any to recap some of the events that led to the crowning of this year's champions. From the beginning, many of the X-Prize entrants likely knew that the grueling competition would cut the massive field of participants down to almost nothing, but they tenaciously competed for the title with the goal of winning always front and center. Setbacks along the way led to the early disappearance of several teams, bu
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Edison2's Very Light Car – Click above for high-res image gallery
X-Tracer – Click above for high-res image gallery
Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery
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
Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery
Last we heard, either 15 or 22 teams had made it to the Automotive X Prize's Knockout stage. Turns out, 21 teams will take to the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan this week for the next level of the competition to bring hyper-efficient vehicles to market.
As the Progressive Automotive X Prize (PIAXP) competition enters the "Knockout Qualifying Stage," organizers are seeking your participation. The public is being invited to vote for their favorite vehicle in four different categories from now until the 6th of September. You can vote every day and, in case you need motivation, the organizers are offering up a grand prize of $3,000 for a randomly chosen entry and one stylish PIAXP jacket will also be awarded for each fan favorite category. The firs
Efficiency and speed will both be demanded of Progressive Automotive X-Prize entrants and the E-Tracer that Peraves has announced it will bring to the competition has both of those characteristics in spades. Serious spades. The only question unanswered is whether or not is has the lesser cards needed for a $10 million-winning royal flush. Putting that aside for now though, let's take a closer look at this electric cabin cycle and some of the cards it's holding.
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
The Progressive Automotive X-Prize has lost a lot of potential and participating teams over the course of the past few years, and today it lost a dozen cities. See, in early 2008, the AXP asked for bids to host trial events around the U.S. and at least 14 said they were interested. Yesterday, Peter Diamandis, the chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, announced that nearly all of the actual on-the-road events will be held in Michigan. Make that the on-the-track events.
EVI Wave2 Progressive Automotive X-Prize contender - Click above for high-res image gallery
EVI Wave2 Progressive Automotive X-Prize contender - Click above for a high-res image gallery
It's been a few years since we've seen electrified versions of the Campagna T-Rex, a 3-wheeler with a 1,352 cc four-cylinder engine with nearly 200 horsepower. In late 2007 at the Electric Vehicle Symposium, a company called Silence Inc. showed off an electric vehicle based on the T-Rex called the PT2 that was capable of hitting over 125 miles per hour with a range of 125-250 miles.
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There's nothing wrong with tooting your own horn from time to time, just so long as you happen to be deserving of praise. Such is the case with the Progressive Automotive X Prize, which says that it's managed to score more than a billion impressions (combined between web, print, radio and television) from the media for the 2008 calendar year. Expect plenty more coverage over the next year-and-a-half, with a good deal of it coming from Consumer Reports. We'll forgive them (this time) for neglecti