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July 29, 2010

Automotive XPrize Finalists that Advance to the Final Validation Phase

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Edison2 is the Mainstream unofficial winner
The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a $10 million competition to inspire a new generation of super fuel efficient vehicles, announced today the Finalist teams who have survived all on-track testing at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), and who now move into a Validation stage before prize money will be awarded this September.

What began as a field of 136 vehicles from 111 teams has now been narrowed to an elite group of nine vehicles from just seven teams that have proven they can meet the strictest requirements of this competition, including the ability to achieve at least 90 MPGe on the way toward the ultimate 100 MPGe requirement and to survive grueling dynamic safety and range tests


The Alternative tandem class unofficial winner is the X-tracer Etracer

Edison2 is the Mainstream unofficial winner

Mainstream Class (Two vehicles, one team)
• Edison2, Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine
• Edison2, Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine

Alternative Class – Tandem (Two vehicles, one team)
• X-Tracer, E-Tracer #72 (Switzerland), Battery Electric 
• X-Tracer, E-Tracer #79 (Switzerland), Battery Electric

Alternative Class – Side-by-Side (Five vehicles, five teams)
• Aptera, Aptera 2e (San Diego, CA), Battery Electric
• Li-ion Motors, Wave II (North Carolina), Battery Electric
• RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout (Finland), Battery Electric
• TW4XP, TW4XP (Germany), Battery Electric
• ZAP, Alias (Santa Rosa, CA), Battery Electric


A Combined Performance and Efficiency Event will take place at Michigan International Speedway today to serve as the tie-breaker for the Alternative Class vehicles with side-by-side seating that go on to pass Validation Stage testing

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