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Automotive X PRIZE progresses to Finals Stage

Cars line up prior to competing in a Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE qualifying event.

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE has concluded its Knockout Qualifying Stage.

The remaining vehicles in the $10 million competition to inspire a new generation of vehicles capable of achieving 100 MPGe (miles per gallon or its energy equivalent) will now proceed to the Finals Stage, set for 19-30 July at Michigan International Speedway.

The Knockout Qualifying Stage is part of a rigorous multi-stage and multi-month testing of viable and super fuel-efficient vehicles from around the world. At the end of this stage, 15 of the original 26 vehicles from 12 of the original 21 teams that started Knockout testing passed the necessary range and dynamic stability tests. There are two remaining vehicles in the Mainstream class and 13 in the Alternative class.

One team remains from the UK in the form of Tata Motors, with its Indica Vista EV X, a Battery Electric car.

During Knockout, the vehicles had to pass a repeat of technical inspections and on-track safety tests featured in the first stage of testing – the Shakedown Stage – which took place in May. Vehicles also had to complete emissions, efficiency, and range events in which they had to achieve at least two-thirds the minimum fuel economy and range requirements.

For fuel economy, this translates to at least 67 MPGe, or two-thirds of the 100 MPGe target for both vehicle classes. For emissions, vehicles had to meet the minimum US EPA emissions standards in on-track challenges. For range, vehicles had to reach a minimum of 134 miles for Mainstream class entries (200 miles range required at the Finals Stage) and 67 miles for the Alternative class (100 miles range required at the Finals Stage).

Established automakers, start-ups, universities, inventors, and even a high school were among the diverse groups of teams that entered the Knockout Stage, the gateway to the grand prize. The following is a complete list of the remaining teams, along with the class in which they compete and their fuel type:

Mainstream Class (Two vehicles, one team)
ˇ Edison2 Very Light Car 97 (US) Internal Combustion Engine
ˇ Edison2 Very Light Car 98 (US) Internal Combustion Engine

Alternative Class – Tandem  (Five vehicles, four teams)
ˇ Commuter Cars, Tango (US) Battery Electric
ˇ Edison2, Very Light Car 95 (US) Internal Combustion Engine
ˇ Spira, Spira4u (Thailand) Combustion Engine
ˇ X-Tracer, E-Tracer 7002 (Switzerland) Battery Electric
ˇ X-Tracer, E-Tracer 7009 (Switzerland) Battery Electric

Alternative Class – Side-by-Side (Eight vehicles, eight teams)
ˇ Amp, amp’d Sky (US) Battery Electric
ˇ Aptera, Aptera 2e (US) Battery Electric
ˇ Li-ion Motors, Wave II (US) Battery Electric
ˇ RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout (Finland) Battery Electric
ˇ Tata Motors, Indica Vista EV X (Coventry, UK) Battery Electric
ˇ TW4XP, TW4XP (Italy) Battery Electric
ˇ Western Washington University, Viking 45 (US) Gas/Electric Hybrid
ˇ ZAP, Alias (US) Battery Electric

The car in each class that exceeds 100 MPGe, meets the emissions and performance requirements, and completes the on-road challenges with the fastest time wins. The ten million dollar prize purse will be presented at an Award Ceremony in September.

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