Progressive Automotive X Prize

  • Edison2's Very Light Car

    It seems like fairly recently that Edison2 walked away with the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, but it was actually back in 2010. Since then, the company has been hard at work developing the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC). The name may not be imaginative but it is at least descriptive, and while Edison2 hasn't revealed the vehicle's exact weight (the original X PRIZE cars were under 1,000 pounds) the skeletal frame hints at a real featherweight design. The styling has also moved on from Edison2's earlier designs. It's typical of many ultra-efficient vehicles in that its...

  • Aptera 2e
    RIP Aptera: Lessons For Startup Electric-Car Companies

    On Friday, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur sent out an email with the news that the Aptera 2e -- the all-electric, two-seat, ultra-efficient car we’ve awaited for nearly five years -- wouldn’t be making it into production. As the long, drawn-out story that has been Aptera’s existence...

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    Metropolia Electric RaceAbout Sets Nürburgring Electric Car Record

    The Finnish-built Metropolia Electric RaceAbout has cut 25 seconds off its Nordschleife lap time, setting a new record for road-legal electric cars in the process.

  • Li-Ion Motors Wave II, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.
    What Part Of 'No' Does Electric-Car Maker Li-Ion Motors Not Get?

    A little over a year ago, a relatively unknown electric automaker called Li-Ion Motors Corp. won the $2.5 million Alternative Side-By-Side Class in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize. Since then, Li-Ion Motors has been putting out regular press releases and information about its two...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Guide To Electric Vehicles

    We took a look a few weeks ago at the five electric cars we reckoned you should do your best to see at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Our list included the 2011 Nissan Leaf, 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Coda Sedan, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV and the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Our opinion hasn't changed -...

  • Li-Ion Motors Wave II, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.
    Good Sports: How The Auto X-Prize Became A Lesson In Sharing

    As your mother probably told you, it’s polite to share. But while we’ve all probably shared candy, the occasional pretzel and perhaps even a car into work, how many of you would share a $2.5 million prize fund with the people you just beat? That’s exactly what has happened with...

  • Edison2 Very Light Car, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.

    After many months of testing, qualifying, and mechanical challenges--not to mention reams of press releases--today the Progressive Automotive X-Prize announced the winners of its three categories, who will split $10 million in prize money. Both winners in the "alternative" classes for two-passenger vehicles were electric, and our sister site has full coverage of the pair: the Wave II (side-by-side) from Li-Ion Motors of Mooresville, North Carolina, and the E-Tracer (tandem) from Peraves X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland. Each of those teams takes home $2.5 million. Here...

  • Li-Ion Motors Wave II, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.
    BREAKING: Aptera Loses Automotive X-Prize, Li-Ion Motors Triumphant

    For the past few years, small and medium-sized automakers have looked towards the prestige of winning the Progressive Insurance Auto-X Prize. for the X-Prize. Initially set up as a way of encouraging innovation and inspiring the next generation of fuel efficient vehicles, the Automotive X-Prize has...

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