Consumer Federation of America, Greenpeace USA, Global Green USA, CALSTART and Environment Now Endorse Automotive X PRIZE
Pasadena, CA-July 12, 2007--The Consumer Federation of America, Greenpeace USA, Global Green USA, CALSTART and Environment Now today endorsed the Automotive X PRIZE, a multi-million dollar global competition designed to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that dramatically reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Consumer Federation of America issued the following statement:
"The Consumer Federation of America supports the Automotive X PRIZE as an effective means to speed up the development of new technology to improve vehicle fuel economy. The Automotive X PRIZE is taking one of our country's most treasured values, competition, and using it to bring about change, protect our pocketbooks, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and bring about a better environment for our children. By serving as a catalyst for American ingenuity, the Automotive X PRIZE will stimulate innovation in vehicle fuel efficiency for the good of America."
John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA, issued the following statement:
"We can go to the moon, but we can't drive to the grocery store in a car that gets over 100 miles per gallon? How did we come to that hulking, unsafe, top-heavy vehicles that bow in submission to oil barons and dictators are really the best we can do? The time for action is now, and the Automotive X PRIZE has thrown down the gauntlet. Heroes wanted. The Automotive X PRIZE is perhaps the greatest idea of the century, and the dreamers and inventors among us are about to throw status quo in the trunk and become the brave few that drive toward real answers, not more excuses."
Global Green USA issued the following statement:
"Global Green USA supports the efforts of the Automotive X PRIZE to focus consumer, industry and government attention on the viability and necessity of clean transportation now. The 450 million vehicles on the road today account for half of the world's total consumption, generate nearly one fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, and have pervasive effects on land use, air quality and our health."
By inspiring practical, affordable, yet radically cleaner and more efficient vehicle technology, and by educating the public on smart buying and driving behavior, the Automotive X PRIZE can make a huge difference.
For the past five years Global Green USA has helped make clean cars cool by taking Oscar nominees to the Academy Awards in fuel efficient hybrids instead of gas guzzling limousines. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of fuel-efficient vehicles currently available, and today's car Manufacturers are not offering the cars that the public is demanding. The Automotive X Prize has the opportunity to inspire real change."
John Boesel, President & CEO, Calstart, issued the following statement:
"CALSTART is pleased to endorse the Automotive X PRIZE. Transforming the transportation energy situation is an enormous and essential global endeavor. We're beginning to see the enormous transportation energy change. The entrepreneurial activity encouraged by the Automotive X PRIZE can help us accelerate the pace of change. We view the Automotive X PRIZE as one of the key tools in the toolkit to move us toward a more economically and environmentally sustainable transportation future. We look forward to working closely with the Automotive X PRIZE and others partners to make this transformation."
Terry O'Day, Executive Director, Environment Now, issued the following statement:
"Environment Now is dedicated to making measurable improvements to our ecosystems. The Automotive X PRIZE is an innovative attempt to leverage competitive enterprise to address the most pressing environmental concern of our time. It is particularly impressive for its thorough visioning of a more sustainable future for the automobile, its use of a model of change that has already been proven to accelerate innovation, and its potential to produce a tangible, effective solution."
ABOUT THE AUTOMOTIVE X PRIZE
The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. The multi-million dollar AXP purse will be awarded to the teams that win a stage race for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon equivalent fuel economy. For more information please visit auto.xprize.org or email [email protected].
ABOUT THE X PRIZE FOUNDATION
The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. On October 4, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation captured world headlines when Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan and Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space twice in two weeks to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since expanded its mission beyond space exploration to offer new prizes for breakthroughs in the life sciences, energy and the environment, education and global entrepreneurship. In October of 2006, the X PRIZE Foundation announced the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for genomics, which will reward the first private effort to map 100 human genomes in 10 days ushering in a new era of personalized preventative medicine. For more information please visit www.xprize.org or email [email protected].
ABOUT THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA
Since 1968, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has provided consumers a well-reasoned and articulate voice in decisions that affect their lives. Day in and out, CFA's professional staff gathers facts, analyzes issues, and disseminates information to the public, policymakers, and rest of the consumer movement.
ABOUT GREENPEACE USA
Greenpeace has indeed changed the world, and we continue to make the world a better place. Our committed activists and supporters have come together to ban commercial whaling, convince the world's leaders to stop nuclear testing, protect Antarctica, and so much more. Today, we have grown from a small group of dedicated activists to an international organization with offices in more than 30 countries. But our spirit and our mission remain the same. Our fight to save the planet has grown more serious - the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large. Greenpeace is actively working to address these and other threats.
ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA
Global Green USA is a national environmental organization addressing three of the greatest challenges facing humanity:
- Stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.
- Eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment.
- Providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water.
WestStart-CALSTART is a non-profit organization that works with the public and private sectors to develop advanced transportation technologies and foster companies that will help clean the air, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, reduce global warming, and create jobs. It was founded in 1992 as CALSTART, but rapidly expanded to address national and broader Western needs. It now operates as WestStart-CALSTART with CALSTART as its California operating division.
ABOUT ENVIRONMENT NOW
Environment Now's mission is to be an active leader in creating measurably effective environmental programs to protect and restore California's environment. Since inception, Environment Now's focus has been on critical issues near to the hearts of our founders and all Californians: preserving and restoring coastal, freshwater and forest ecosystems, along with improving air quality and urban sustainability. Our ultimate goal is to restore the balance and health of California's ecosystems. We believe that this goal is achievable through an intelligent combination of: enforcing existing laws, applying advanced technology, and improving the various processes involved with eliminating unsustainable practices.