The has announced three winners of the , a $10 million competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, and super fuel-efficient vehicles.
The winning teams — of Lynchburg, Virginia; of Winterthur, Switzerland; and of Mooresville, North Carolina — emerged from a field of 111 teams, representing 136 vehicle entries from around the world. The competition included two classes: mainstream, for four-seat vehicles; and alternative, which was further split into two divisions — two-seats side-by-side and two-seats front-to-back, or tandem.
Edison2 won the $5 million mainstream-class prize for its "Very Light Car #98," which achieved more than 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent (MPGe) on the test track and in the lab using an innovative small displacement engine. Li-ion took the $2.5 million alternative side-by-side class with its "Wave II" electric car, which achieved 187 MPGe. The Swiss team's "E-Tracer #79" won the $2.5 million alternative tandem class — and bested the entire field — with a more than 200 MPGe and a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 6.6 seconds.
"We've seen a shift in the market since we first launched this competition, and a greater awareness by people everywhere to think more seriously about the actions we take, and how they affect our environment," noted Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation. "Gas mileage ranks as one of our top concerns when purchasing a new vehicle, and I believe strongly that the innovations showcased throughout the life of this competition will continue to impact and improve our car-buying options for the future."