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Automotive X PRIZE Competitors Advance to Validation Stage

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 8:17am

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZEThe Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a $10 million competition to inspire a new generation of super fuel efficient vehicles, announced today the Finalist teams who have survived all on-track testing at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), and who now move into a Validation stage before prize money will be awarded this September.

What began as a field of 136 vehicles from 111 teams has now been narrowed to an elite group of nine vehicles from just seven teams that have proven they can meet the strictest requirements of this competition, including the ability to achieve at least 90 MPGe on the way toward the ultimate 100 MPGe requirement and to survive grueling dynamic safety and range tests.  The teams represent a wide variety of backgrounds that include emerging start ups, entrepreneurs and universities from around the world. All have proven that they can more than handle a variety of very difficult real-world scenarios.

Finalists were required to pass a repeat of technical inspections and on-track Efficiency, Range and Dynamic Safety events conducted by the competition’s technical team and auto test engineers from partner Consumer Reports.

“These finalists highlight true innovation in fuel efficiency, and prove that their vehicles have the ability to withstand strict safety, performance and emissions requirements. These cars redefine what is possible and set a new standard of efficiency that promises to revolutionize the industry,” said Eric Cahill, Senior Director of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.

“Congratulations to the finalist teams – it’s clear that they are pushing the envelope in terms of automotive innovation,” said Brian Silva, Progressive’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Their breakthroughs will spur greater choices in fuel-efficient cars that everyone can afford.”

Team standings and vehicle performance details are available at http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/team-central. The following is a complete list of remaining teams, along with the class in which they compete and their fuel type:

Mainstream Class (Two vehicles, one team)

• Edison2, Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine

• Edison2, Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine

Alternative Class – Tandem (Two vehicles, one team)

• X-Tracer, E-Tracer #72 (Switzerland), Battery Electric

• X-Tracer, E-Tracer #79 (Switzerland), Battery Electric

Alternative Class – Side-by-Side (Five vehicles, five teams)

• Aptera, Aptera 2e (San Diego, CA), Battery Electric

• Li-ion Motors, Wave II (North Carolina), Battery Electric

• RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout (Finland), Battery Electric

• TW4XP, TW4XP (Germany), Battery Electric

• ZAP, Alias (Santa Rosa, CA), Battery Electric

A Combined Performance and Efficiency Event will take place at Michigan International Speedway today to serve as the tie-breaker for the Alternative Class vehicles with side-by-side seating that go on to pass Validation Stage testing.

Tata Motors (Coventry, UK) was unable to present their Indica Vista EVX vehicle for the Range Test due to a technical issue. Although they will not be advancing, Tata will demonstrate their vehicle in tomorrow’s Combined Performance and Efficiency Event, as will Amp’s amp’d Sky (Cincinnati, OH), Commuter Cars’ Tango (Spokane, WA), Spira’s Spira4u (Carrollton, IL/Banglamung, Thailand), and Western Washington University’s Viking 45 (Bellingham, WA).

Validation is the final technical event in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. Finalists in both the Mainstream and Alternative classes will undergo dynamometer testing under controlled laboratory conditions at Argonne National Lab facilities. The car in each class that exceeds 100 MPGe, meets the emissions and performance requirements, and, in the case of a tie, completes the Combined Performance and Efficiency challenge with the fastest time, will win. The $10 million prize purse will be presented at an Award Ceremony on September 16, in Washington, D.C.

  

For more information, please visit www.progressiveautoxprize.org or email progressiveautopress@xprize.org.

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