Automotive XPrize: 11 cars left

July 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Just 11 vehicles are still in the running for the $10million Progressive Automotive XPrize, a competition for vehicles capable of over 100mpge (100mpg or alternative-energy equivalent). The first week of the final round saw four teams drop out from the exhaustive testing, which included a 136-mile efficiency test and range testing (100 miles for vehicles in the alternative class and 200 miles for the mainstream contenders).

Amp’s Amp’d Sky was unable to complete the necessary number of laps in the range testing and exceeded 200g/mile of carbon dioxide; the Commuter Cars Tango exceeded 200g/mile and failed to meet either the range requirements or the minimum 90mpge; the Spira 4U did not meet 90mpge; and Tata suffered a technical fault.

The second week’s tests will include safety – braking, acceleration and accident avoidance, overseen by a team from Consumer Reports – and further performance and efficiency challenges, before a final validation stage and the announcement of a winner in mid-September.

Still in the running are the Aptera 2e (pictured), the Edison Very Light Car (x3), the Li-Ion Motors Wave II, the RaceAbout, the Tata Indica Vista EV X, the TW4XP, the Viking 45, the X-Tracer Team Switzerland’s E-Tracer (x2) and the Zap Alias.

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