Automotive X-Prize: 31 Teams at Starting Gate
Aug 2, 2007 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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The race to transform the automotive industry is happening on many levels. Now the Automotive X-Prize has announced the names of 31 initial teams that have signed "letters of intent to compete" to build 100+MPG equivalent cars. They're from five countries, and many more are expected. Many of the competitors incorporate variants on PHEV or all-electric soutions, as well as combinations with lightweight materials. (We last wrote some comments and perspective on the Prize in April at http://www.calcars.org/calcars-news/738.html.)
Read the X-Prize announcement at http://auto.xprize.org/news/8_1_07.html. There you can find a team list; below is the list enhanced by MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle at Cosmiclog http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/01/300979.aspx; at a report/interview at that URL you can also read more about the hoped-for schedule, sponsors, and comments from X Prize Executive Director Donald Foley on prospects that large automakers will join in. And you can go to either URL to find the original live links to the teams' websites.
Aptera Motors, California. Plug-in electric.
Commuter Cars Corp., Washington state. Plug-in electric.
Cornell University, New York. Hybrid.
DEHyds, Washington state. Danzer-cycle internal combustion / hydraulic hybrid.
Delta Motorsport, Britain. Lightweight fuel-cell / electric hybrid.
Desert Fuel, Arizona. Biodiesel / electric hybrid, with steam and solar.
Dragonfly Technology, Britain.
Fuel Vapor Technologies, British Columbia, Canada. Gasoline vapor fuel.
GreenIt!, Oregon. Plug-in electric.
Herf Duo, Berlin, Germany.
HyKinesis, California. Hybrid.
Kinetic Vehicles, Oregon. Lightweight cyclecar kits.
Kuttner Doran Inventions, Virginia. Diesel-electric hybrid (see comments).
Loremo AG, Munich, Germany. Diesel-powered lightweight.
Maine Automotive X, Maine. Gasoline-powered lightweight.
MDI and Zero Pollution Motors, New York. Electric / compressed air.
Michigan Vision, Michigan.
MotoTron Corp., Wisconsin. Hybrid.
Phoenix Motorcars, California. Plug-in electric.
Prometheus Systems, Arizona. Solar-electric.
Porteon Electric Vehicles, Oregon. Electric.
Psycho-Active, Georgia. Internal combustion with drive-train innovations.
Roane Inventions, Texas. Electric-road-rail hybrid.
Society for Sustainable Mobility, California. Hybrid.
Spirit One, Alberta, Canada.
Tesla Motors, California. Plug-in electric.
Valentin Technologies, Wisconsin. Internal combustion engine with hydrostatic power train.
Velozzi, California. Plug-in electric.
X Tracer, Winterthur, Switzerland.
ZAP Motors, California. Electric or gasoline-powered lightweight.