Yonkers, New York – Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, has announced it will partner with the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, a multi-million-dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, and super-fuel-efficient vehicles.
Through its partnership with the X PRIZE Foundation, Consumer Reports will serve as the official active safety testing partner for the competition, which will award US$10 million in prizes to teams that can engineer clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 m.p.g. (2.35 L/100 km) or its energy-equivalent fuel efficiency (MPGe) and win a stage race competition in 2o10.
Among other requirements, competition vehicles must pass a variety of pre-race safety inspections and active safety performance tests, which will now be conducted with advice and help from Consumer Reports, with certain tests performed in accordance with procedures developed by the magazine, such as braking, low-speed stability and emergency lane-change tests. In addition, David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Division, will join the prize administration board of the competition.
The two organizations will explore other ways to further accelerate consumer education and advocacy efforts. In future testing of plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles, Consumer Reports plans to report MPGe as one of several measures that will help consumers understand and compare vehicle efficiency.