Automotive X prize can be said to be defined as a set of events, prize and competitions that are being organized by X prize foundations. These events and competitions are held to inspire all efficient and new generation vehicles that help in breaking America’s addiction towards oil and steam. These may affect the changing climate. Hence it is done in order to welcome all such kinds of vehicles that are coming ahead. X prize foundation is making news and waves recently with all such events and competitions being organized.
One of the recent one from X prize foundation is going to be Progressive Insurance Automotive X prize where $10 million would be going to cars that would be able to get a score of atleast to be an equivalent MPG of 100. The competition was held with two classes and three prizes. Now all three prizes have been distributed. The best car amongst all was Team Edison 2 very light car. It took over $5 million. It was built with 4 passenger configuration with 102.5 MPGe that was running on E85 ethanol. The other two alternative winners grabbed $2.5 million each. One of the car was two-seater Li-on’s WAVE II EV. Other car that won was Team X Tracer Switzerland’s E tracer. This was an awesome electric two wheeler car that was enclosed with motorcycle. It consisted of auto deploying out trigger wheels in it. This car managed to get 205.3 MPGe. It also did 1-60 just under seven seconds. There is one constraint and that is none of them is good from safety point. You may also not find them with any of the dealers.
The main motive with each of these competition remains to build a vehicle that is race super efficient. It must be able to achieve 100 MPGe and must produce less than 200 grams/mile well to wheel Carbon dioxide emission. These may be manufactured for mass production. Under these competitions, there are two main classes of vehicles and those are mainstream and alternative. The mainstream vehicle is to be given $5 million prize while the alternative class have $2.5 million prize with each vehicle. These $2.5 million prize for alternative class is for side by side seating and tandem seating too.
All these had been started to let the students learn about new technologies and methods to develop some of the finest vehicles and electric vehicles that are very light weight and work on electricity medium. These events are designed to let the student come up with their own technology built electric car that are fuel efficient climate change, energy efficient etc. All kinds of science, technology, fashion and fundamentals must be behind the development o such electric cars. These very light cars behave as etracer in competition. X foundation began its development work in 2005 and by end of 2009 it had 111 teams participating in it. In next spring they have thought for some vehicle challenges.
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