Re: X Prize for 100 mpg car
Europe is well ahead of us as far as car mileage from some things I have read. Apparently they have a number of available compact turbo diesel cars that can give a fuel consumption of 3 liters per 100 Km which is close to 80 MPG.
Of course historically diesel engines have been more efficient than gasoline ones and the latest European diesel cars are supposed to have very low emissions too.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, MH <hoagy@...> wrote:
> For folks that like tricycles and want a motor
> 300 miles per gallon car in action
> 2:13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45pjOYFEO3k
> Aptera on abc7 Great footage!
> 2:10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGEMGJCu4ag
> Automotive X Prize for 100 mpg car narrows field
> May 17, 2010
> The Automotive X Prize competition has dragged on for several years now,
> and we're pleased to report that a "shakedown" elimination round of sorts
> has narrowed the field for development of the hyper-efficient car of the
> future to 22 teams with 27 vehicles.
> They started out with 28 teams with 36 vehicles. Of those, 24 participated
> in the shakedown. So two teams were shaken out.
> OK, so that's not a lot of elimination but at least it's a start. The
> competition, sponsored by Progressive Insurance, offers $10 million in
> prizes to automakers who can create cars that achieve at least 100 miles
> a gallon.
> Now all eyes move from the "shakedown" to the "knockout," the first of
> three qualifying stages that will generate more hype and press releases.
> The knockout round will be held June 20-30 at the Michigan International
> Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
> Those making the cut include: .........
> The competition consisted of technical inspections and on-track safety
> tests, including zero-to-60 mile per hour acceleration and braking tests,
> an emergency double lane change avoidance maneuver, and durability
> "These shakedown tests rightly set a very high standard of safety and
> performance," said Eric Cahill, senior director of the contest. "This was
> not meant to be easy. If it were, it would have already been done. We expect
> to see additional eliminations during the knockout stage."
> The finals will conclude in late July.