Washington, D.C. – The Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, which awards super-efficient vehicle teams with US$10 million, has been shared among three teams who successfully completed the program.
Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia; X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corporation of Mooresville, North Carolina emerged from an original field of 111 competing teams, representing 136 vehicle entries from around the world.
The award was launched in 2008 to inspire a new generation of viable, safe and super fuel-efficient vehicles capable of achieving 100 mpgUS or the energy equivalent (MPGe). This year’s announcement came after nearly 30 months of vehicle and business plan development, on-track testing, including dynamic safety testing by partner Consumer Reports, and laboratory verification by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Edison2 took the Mainstream Class with a vehicle that runs on E85 ethanol and achieved an economy of 102.5 MPGe. Li-ion Motors took the Alternative Side-by-Side Class with a battery-electric vehicle that achieved 187 MPGe, while X-Tracer took the Alternative Tandem Class with a battery-electric that achieved 205.3 MPGe.
Under a U.S. Department of Energy-funded technical assistance program, qualified X Prize competitors will also gain funding support for access to key automotive expertise and test facilities. The aim of the program is to assist teams in readying their vehicles and technologies for introduction to the market.