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X Prize offers $10M for 100 mpg vehicle


New York, NY -- The X PRIZE Foundation has created a competition that will offer $10 million (U.S.) to teams that can produce production-ready vehicles that can get 100 miles per gallon (mpg) or better -- in Canada that's 2.35 litres/100 km.

The foundation and the Progressive Casualty Insurance company jointly announced the company's title sponsorship of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition and its funding of the $10 million prize purse at the New York Auto Show on March 20, 2008.

The newly renamed Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is an international competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles. The independent and technology-neutral competition is open to teams from around the world that can design, build and bring to market 100 MPGe (miles per gallon energy equivalent) vehicles that people want to buy, and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance.

To date, more than 60 teams from nine countries have signed a Letter of Intent to compete for a share of the prize purse and global publicity.

“The Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is a call to action to promote and inspire innovation,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. “The environmentally friendly cars created as a result of this competition will affect everyone who drives in ways we can't even imagine today. Let the race begin!”

The X PRIZE Foundation, best known for the successful $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private suborbital spaceflight, is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity by holding $10 million dollar (or larger) competitions to solve some of the world's greatest challenges.

The window for applications to the current competition will be open until mid 2008, when a qualification process will assess safety, cost, features and business plans to ensure that only production-capable, consumer-friendly cars compete.

Those that qualify will race their vehicles in rigorous cross-country stage races in 2009 and 2010 that combine speed, distance, urban driving and overall performance. The winners will be the vehicles that exceed 100 MPGe, meet strict emissions standards and finish in the fastest time.

Draft Guidelines that specify vehicle requirements and other aspects of the competition are available at http://auto.xprize.org/auto/automotive-x-prize/draft-guidelines.

Teams in the Letter of Intent Program

As of March 20, the following teams had signed a Letter of Intent to compete (the list includes three Canadian companies):

AirShip Technologies Group (Lake Oswego, OR, USA)
Alpha-Core/Poulsen Hybrid (Bridgeport, CT, USA)
Aptera Motors (Carlsbad, CA, USA)
Arkas Automotive (Istanbul, Turkey)
Avion Car Company (Bellingham, WA, USA)
Brilliant Automotive, (Fairfield, IA, USA)
Belloso Motor Company (Salisbury, MD, USA)
Brilliant Automotive (Southfield, IA, USA)
Commuter Cars Corp (Spokane, WA, USA)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA)
DEHyds (Tenino, WA, USA)
Delta Motorsport (Northamptonshire, UK)
Desert Fuel (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Disruptech (Newhall, CA, USA)
Team Dragonfly (Northampton, UK)
Electric Truck Inc (Greenwich, CT, USA)
Energy Highway (Pleasanton, CA, USA)
Esterer Engineering Ltd. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
FuelVapor Technologies BC, (Maple Ridge, BC, Canada)
Global-E (Mandeville, LA, USA)
Goodwin-Young “Linc Volt” (Wichita, KS, USA)
Greenhouse 2000 (Orlando, FL, USA)
Gunn Team (San Jose, CA, USA)
HerfDuo (Berlin, Germany)
Hybrid Technologies (Mooresville, NC, USA)
HyKinesys (Rolling Hills Estate, CA, USA)
ICEwave (Terre Haute, IN, USA)
Illuminati (Virden, IL, USA)
Kinetic Vehicles (Creswell, OR, USA)
Kuttner Doran Innovations (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
laeN'O (Marshall, NC, USA)
Loremo (Munich, Germany)
Lydell Industries (Frewsburg, NY, USA)
Maine Automotive X (Camden, ME, USA)
Mann Research & Development, (Benton, KY, USA)
laeN'O (Marshall, NC, USA)
Loremo (Munich, Germany)
Lydell Industries (Frewsburg, NY, USA)
Maine Automotive X (Camden, ME, USA)
Mann Research & Development, (Benton, KY, USA)
MDI and Zero Pollution Motors,, (Nice, France and New Paltz, NY, USA)
Michigan Vision (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
Miles Electric Vehicles (Santa Monica, CA, USA)
Motive Industries, Inc. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
MotoTron Disrupt (Oshkosh, WI, USA)
Northwest Energy Research Association (Arlington, WA, USA)
Phoenix Motorcars (Ontario, CA, USA)
Physics Lab of Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu, AZ, USA)
Porteon Electric Vehicles, Inc. (Portland, OR, USA)
Prometheus Systems (Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
Psycho-Active (Moore, SC, USA)
RaceAbout Association (Helsinki Finland)
Red Light Racing (RLR) (Callaway, MD, USA)
Revolución Motors (Lawrence, KS, USA)
Society for Sustainable Mobility (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
Spirit One (Alberta, CA, USA)
T3 Motion (Costa Mesa, CA, USA)
Team TWIKE IV (Germany)
Tesla Motors (San Carlos, CA, USA)
Tilting Vehicle Australia (Kilburn, Australia)
TriTrack (Georgetown, TX, USA)
USA Electric Cars, LLC (Cortland, NY, USA)
Valentin Technologies (Elm Grove, WI, USA)
Velozzi (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
Venture Vehicles (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
Visionary Vehicles (New York, NY, USA)
West Philly Hybrid X Team (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Western Washington University/Vikings (Bellingham, WA, USA)
X Tracer Team Switzerland (Winterthur, Switzerland)
ZAP (Santa Rosa, CA, USA).


CarTest.ca. Posted March 21, 2008.

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