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$10 Million Auto X-Prize Announces Ultra-Efficient Winners!

Posted By Cameron Scott On September 16, 2010 @ 6:28 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

edison2, x prize, lightweight vehicles, fuel efficiency, green transportation, green cars, sustainable design [1]

The Progressive Auto X Prize has just announced the winners of its $10 million contest to design and build the world’s most efficient eco vehicle, and the grand prize goes to… Edison2 [2] for their featherweight conventional car that runs on gasoline or ethanol! The runners-up were both electric vehicles, Li-Ion Motors Corp [3]‘s Wave2 [4], a two-seater that gets 187 miles per charge, and X-Tracer’s E-Tracer 7009, a 205-mile per charge “cabin motorcycle” mini-car.

edison2, x prize, lightweight vehicles, fuel efficiency, green transportation, green cars, sustainable design [5]

If you listen to NPR or geek out on green cars [6], you’ve almost certainly heard of the Auto X Prize, a race to build the most fuel-efficient, low-cost, production-ready vehicle. Edison2, which was the only entrant in the conventional vehicle category, took away half the $10 million prize for its $20,000 830-pound car. Li-Ion and X-Tracer’s entries split the remaining $5 million. The competition featured a number of grueling race-track trials.

Check out Inhabitat’s interview [2] with Edison Chief of Design Ron Mathis.

+ Progressive Automotive X Prize [7]

Via GigaOm [8]

Lead photo © Edison

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/16/progressive-auto-x-prize-announces-10-million-winners/xprize-lead/

[2] Edison2: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/21/interview-with-edison2-chief-of-design-for-the-automotie-x-prize/

[3] Li-Ion Motors Corp: http://www.li-ionmotors.com/

[4] Wave2: http://www.li-ionmotors.com/product.php?cName=Vehicles&pName=Wave_II&categoryId=2000000&productId=1000001

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/16/progressive-auto-x-prize-announces-10-million-winners/xprize2/

[6] green cars: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/

[7] + Progressive Automotive X Prize: http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/

[8] GigaOm: http://gigaom.com/cleantech/and-the-auto-x-prize-goes-to-a-very-light-weight-car/

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