Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE Team Results
THREE WINNERS: EDISON 2, X-TRACER & LI-ION MOTORS
Inspired a new generation of viable, safe, affordable and super fuel-efficient vehicles to stem the effects of climate change and reshape the automotive industry.
Created a new powerful private/public partnership, a new consumer metric- MPGe, an award for one of the best inventions of 2010, and a visit to the White House for a team of high-risk teens from West Philly.
LAUNCHED: APRIL 12 2007
AWARDED: SEPTEMBER 16 2010
The X-Tracer is a high-performance pure battery-electrically driven low drag vehicle for the comfortable transportation of up to two persons with weekend baggage in a fully enclosed cabin.
Li-ion Motors at EV Innovations located in Mooresville, North Carolina has a belief that the automobile as we know it is about to start morphing into the cars and trucks of the future.
More About the Prize
ACCELERATING THE FUTURE
The $10M Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE challenged teams to develop a safe, production-capable car that would exceed 100 MPGe under real world driving conditions. The winning team, Edison2, surpassed the goal, a feat previously considered impossible by the auto industry.
In addition to inspiring three winning vehicles to exceed the 100 MPGe requirement, the competition, with the support of partner Consumer Reports, generated a new consumer metric, MPGe (Miles Per Gallon energy equivalent), which allows for an apples to apples comparison of this next generation of vehicles that will inevitably use a variety of energy sources and fuels with conventional cars they drive today. Other successes include Edison2’s vehicle being named one of the best inventions of 2010, and Team Hybrid X, a group of high-risk teenagers from West Philly High who gained national attention, and a visit to the White House, for going toe-to-toe against big name universities and car companies to compete and nearly make it into the final round.
Today’s oil consumption is unsustainable, endangering our health and the economic, political and social stability of the world. And emissions from automobiles are linked to climate change with U.S. cars and light trucks responsible for 45% of the CO2 emitted globally. With few consumer choices for clean, efficient vehicles that meet market needs for price, size, capability, image, safety and performance, a market failure persisted.
The $10M Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE was a global competition to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, affordable and super fuel- efficient vehicles capable of at least 100 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon energy equivalent). It brought together the private and public sectors with additional significant funding from Ray Sidney and Jeffrey Shames, and major support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Over 100 teams from 20 nations registered in two classes, Mainstream and Alternative, which required specific numbers of wheels, passenger capacity and mileage ranges.
10 million $5 million Mainstream Class (4 seats, 4 wheels)
$2.25 million Alternative Class (tandem)
$2.25 million Alternative Class (side by side)
The competition launched on April 12, 2007 and was awarded on September 16, 2010.
Phase I: Shakedown Stage: Safety inspections and on-track dynamic evaluations of vehicles.
Phase II: Knockout Qualifying Stage: Proof of achieving at least 2/3 of the required 100 MPGe.
Phase III: Finals Stage: Repeat of safety checks plus on-track challenges.
Phase IV: Validation Stage: Top finalists underwent dynamometer testing under controlled lab conditions.
Mainstream Class: Edison2
Alternative Class (tandem): X-Tracer
Alternative Class (side by side): Li-ion Motors
PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AND XPRIZE
Progressive Insurance has a rich history of making things better in car insurance. XPRIZE shares this passion for improving the world through innovation and solutions that will make a difference in everyone’s lives. Driving innovation in high fuel mileage vehicle options for drivers is a natural fit. In addition, XPRIZE and Progressive received a $3.5 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to engage students and the public in learning about advanced vehicle technologies, energy efficiency, climate change, alternative fuels, and the science, technology, engineering and math behind efficient vehicle development.