U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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Automotive X Prize to Award Megabucks for Fuel-Efficient Cars
April 4, 2007
The X Prize Foundation is developing a multi-million dollar Automotive
X Prize to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles. Known
for its $10 million Ansari X Prize, which spurred the development of
private spacecraft, the X Prize Foundation now aims to encourage the
development of clean, production-capable vehicles that can achieve a
fuel economy equivalent to at least 100 miles per gallon of gasoline.
On April 2nd, the foundation published draft competition guidelines for
the Automotive X Prize, allowing two vehicle classes: "Mainstream"
vehicles that carry at least four passengers and have at least four
wheels, and "Alternative" vehicles that can carry at least two
passengers and have any number of wheels. The vehicles can be fueled
with gasoline, alternative fuels, or electricity. As currently
proposed, the Automotive X Prize will culminate in 2009 with two long-distance stage races that will expose the vehicles to a range of
driving patterns over varied terrain and diverse weather conditions.
To win the prize, vehicles must complete both races with the lowest
overall time averaged over all scoring stages, while still meeting the
requirements for fuel economy and emissions. Comments on the draft
guidelines are due by May 31st. See the Automotive X Prize
press release and