Automotive X Prize Builds Momentum

Popular Mechanics article about how the Automotive X Prize appears to be taking shape. The challenge? To build a viable, production-capable vehicle that can deliver in excess of 100 mpg or its equivalent fuel economy.

“These cars must be production viable in quantities of 10,000 or more as judged by industry experts,” says Goodstein. “We want to prevent the million-dollar fuel-cell car from entering, as well as the technically competent but ugly ‘bubble car.'”

In a recent poll, the X Prize Foundation learned that a whopping 82 percent of those surveyed believed it was overwhelmingly important to develop a 100-mpg car within the next five years. Goodstein admits that this isn’t absolute proof that people want to own super high mileage cars. But it’s certainly significant.

The rules for the Automotive X Prize are still being fine-tuned. But Goodstein says they are about 80 percent finalized. The rules will be released for public comment in April, likely at the New York Auto Show.

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