Wednesday, August 1, 2007

It's On! X-Prize For Commercially-Viable 100 MPG Car

Jalopnik has a nice post on the latest X-Prize, including a press release with all kinds of interesting tidbits.

This X-Prize will award millions in hard, cold cash to the team that can produce a vehicle that gets at least 100 MPG (or equivalent), is commercially viable (read: people will want to buy it), and performs well in a cross-country road test (which is expected to take place in 2009 or 2010 and be covered on TV).

This is cool stuff. And it has the potential to really increase awareness of energy-efficient alternatives to vehicles' (and the world's) current reliance on oil. Competitors have already applied from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. Oh yeah, Tesla Motors (which we last wrote about here) is one of the entrants!

1 comment:

Dave said...

That is really cool. The original X-Prize was about building a reusable rocket. That was a cool idea too, but this is much more practical and doable. I think.

I like this trend of using the masses to solve difficult engineering problems. Another really cool one is DARPA's robotic car races.