Edison2 wins XPrize

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Edison2 Very Light Car has won the mainstream class of the Automotive X-Prize – and $5million. The VLC, the only car left standing in the final round for its class, has a 40bhp single-cylinder motorbike engine which runs on an ethanol/petrol blend. It returned 102.5mpge. Taking the honours (and $2.5million) in the Alternative-Tandem class was the battery-electric motorbike-style E-Tracer (205.3mpge), and the Alternative-Side by Side winner was the Li-Ion Motors Wave II (187mpge). All three passed the stringent tests for safety, reliability and performance. More details at the Xprize website.

  • In other news today: Toyota is in talks with Daimler of supply of hybrid technology, reports Automotive News. Daimler is said to be looking to buy in a powertrain for a hybrid version of the A-Class.
  • The UK Department for Transport’s Technology Strategy Board has awarded £24million to six research projects. Grants go to Dennis Eagle/MIRA/Magnomatics Ltd./MTL Group for a hybrid refuse truck; the Jaguar Land Rover/Ford/CPT/IAV/BP/University of london/Imperial College VIPER project (Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery); the JLR/Lotus/Nissan/Evo Electric/Xtrac/Think/Axeon REEVolution programme to accelerate development and  infrastructure for electric and extended-range vehicles; Intelligent Energy/Revolve/Caparo for a lightweight electric van wih diesel range-extender engine; Ford/JLR/Johnson Matthey/ITM Power/Revolve/Cambustion/universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Birmingham for its CREO emissions-control research; and Jaguar/Composite Metal Technology Limited/Textile Centre of Excellence/Antich & Sons for aluminium matrix composite research for lightweight structures.
  • Chinese car-maker BYD is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to develop a showcase wind power station. The generators will be sited in the Tehachapi Mountains, about 90 miles north of the city, and will feed power into the LA grid with the help of BYD battery power storage facilities.
  • The UK government has also set out the criteria for the Plug-In Car grants. Up to £5000 will be available to buyers of electric, plug-in hybid or hydrogen-fuelled cars which meet minimum standards for performance, range and emissions, the EU Whole Car Type Approval for safety and which come with a minimum three-year warranty and five-year battery/powertrain cover.

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