Another weekly blog from Emanuel F.
Progressive Automotive X prize recently announced that the registration deadline for their 10 million dollar prize competition is January 1, 2009. This competition is open to students, individuals, start-up companies, and the Detroit big 3 companies (over the years none of them have dared to participate). So are you prepared to take the challenge of a lifetime?
If you are like me, with no knowledge on cars besides how to turn the key, fill up the tank, and change a tire; then I recommend you leave the race to the "real" professionals.
But why so much buzz over a simple race? Well, did I mention that basically you have to create a super-efficient car that goes 100 miles per gallon (mpg)? This means that one gallon of gasoline has to get you 100 miles of travel. To give you a better idea a Hummer needs 6.2 gallons of gasoline to get you 100 miles of travel and the average car today has 20.2 mpg, that means that on average a car needs 4.95 gallons to get you 100 miles.
And that is not all, the winning model will need to travel 100 miles on a single gallon of gasoline or its electric equivalent while emitting just 200 grams of greenhouse gases per mile and it must also be assembly-line ready (plan to make 10,000 a year).