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Progressive Sponsors the Automotive X PRIZE

20 March 2008

Progressive, a leading insurer, has become the Title Sponsor of the Automotive X PRIZE competition. The X PRIZE Foundation and Progressive jointly announced the insurer's sponsorship of the now renamed Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition and its funding of the $10 million prize purse at the NY International Auto Show.

The newly renamed Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is an international competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles. The independent and technology-neutral competition is open to teams from around the world that can design, build and bring to market 100 MPGe (miles per gallon energy equivalent) vehicles that people want to buy, and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance.

To date, more than 60 teams from nine countries have signed a Letter of Intent to compete for a share of the prize purse and global publicity.

The competition will comprise two vehicle classes: Mainstream and Alternative. Mainstream vehicles will be required to carry four or more passengers, have four or more wheels, and allow for a 200-mile range. Alternative-class vehicles will be required to carry two or more passengers, have no constraints on the number of wheels, and allow for a 100-mile range. All vehicles will need to meet requirements for performance and features to make the cars attractive to consumers.

The competition will culminate with two long-distance stage races in 2009-2010: a Qualifying Race and the Grand Prize Final Race. Race courses will reflect typical consumer driving patterns during numerous stages, in varied terrain, communities, and weather conditions. To win, vehicles must complete both races with the lowest overall time averaged over all scoring stages while still meeting the requirements for 100 MPGe fuel economy and low emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

The $10 million prize purse will be split 3:1 between the winners of the Mainstream and Alternative classes. Final guidelines will be published shortly.

As of 20 March, the following teams have signed a Letter of Intent to compete:

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AirShip Technologies Group (Lake Oswego, OR, US)
Alpha-Core/Poulsen Hybrid (Bridgeport, CT, US)
Aptera Motors (Carlsbad, CA, US)
Arkas Automotive (Istanbul, Turkey)
Avion Car Company (Bellingham, WA, US)
Brilliant Automotive, (Fairfield, IA, US)
Belloso Motor Company (Salisbury, MD, US)
Brilliant Automotive (Southfield, IA, US)
Commuter Cars Corp (Spokane, WA, US)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, US)
DEHyds (Tenino, WA, US)
Delta Motorsport (Northamptonshire, UK)
Desert Fuel (Phoenix, AZ, US)
Disruptech (Newhall, CA, US)
Team Dragonfly (Northampton, UK)
Electric Truck Inc (Greenwich, CT, US)
Energy Highway (Pleasanton, CA, US)
Esterer Engineering Ltd. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
FuelVapor Technologies BC, (Maple Ridge, BC, Canada)
Global-E (Mandeville, LA, US)
Goodwin-Young "Linc Volt" (Wichita, KS, US)
Greenhouse 2000 (Orlando, FL, US)
Gunn Team (San Jose, CA, US)
HerfDuo (Berlin, Germany)
Hybrid Technologies (Mooresville, NC, US)
HyKinesys (Rolling Hills Estate, CA, US)
ICEwave (Terre Haute, IN, US)
Illuminati (Virden, IL, US)
Kinetic Vehicles (Creswell, OR, US)
Kuttner Doran Innovations (Charlottesville, VA, US)
laeN'O (Marshall, NC, US)
Loremo (Munich, Germany)
Lydell Industries (Frewsburg, NY, US)
Maine Automotive X (Camden, ME, US)
Mann Research & Development, (Benton, KY, US)
MDI and Zero Pollution Motors, (Nice, France and New Paltz, NY, US)
Michigan Vision (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Miles Electric Vehicles (Santa Monica, CA, US)
Motive Industries, Inc. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
MotoTron Disrupt (Oshkosh, WI, US)
Northwest Energy Research Association (Arlington, WA, US)
Phoenix Motorcars (Ontario, CA, US)
Physics Lab of Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu, AZ, US)
Porteon Electric Vehicles, Inc. (Portland, OR, US)
Prometheus Systems (Flagstaff, AZ, US)
Psycho-Active (Moore, SC, US)
RaceAbout Association (Helsinki Finland)
Red Light Racing (RLR) (Callaway, MD, US)
Revolución Motors (Lawrence, KS, US)
Society for Sustainable Mobility (Beverly Hills, CA, US)
Spirit One (Alberta, CA, US)
T3 Motion (Costa Mesa, CA, US)
Team TWIKE IV (Germany)
Tesla Motors (San Carlos, CA, US)
Tilting Vehicle Australia (Kilburn, Australia)
TriTrack (Georgetown, TX, US)
US Electric Cars, LLC (Cortland, NY, US)
Valentin Technologies (Elm Grove, WI, US)
Velozzi (Beverly Hills, CA, US)
Venture Vehicles (Beverly Hills, CA, US)
Visionary Vehicles (New York, NY, US)
West Philly Hybrid X Team (Philadelphia, PA, US)
Western Washington University/Vikings (Bellingham, WA, US)
X Tracer Team Switzerland (Winterthur, Switzerland)
ZAP (Santa Rosa, CA, US)

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Venture Vehicles finalized their exterior design. I think it looks great:

Hm. My link didn't show up: http://www.flytheroad.com/

Impressive list of motivated people but not a single big or even medium automaker...that tell us how much they are motivated to make fuel efficient cars...

Are automakers even eligible to participate?

Automakers that size, I meant. (This is what I get for multitasking too much.)

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