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Automotive X-Prize Profile: Velozzi Vehicles
Over the next few months and at a casual, intermittent pace, I’m going to use this blog to profile official contenders in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize. I’ll provide links so interested readers can explore them further, and I encourage you to post your opinions of each contender, their technologies, and how you think they’ll do in this extraordinary competition.
This entry looks at Velozzi Vehicles out of California.
Vehicle names: Velozzi (1) & Solo (2)
Fuel(s): Plug-in Multi Flex hybrid electric
Class (1): Alternative
*The Alternative class is “An outlet for innovation, with fewer performance & design Restrictions.”
Class (2): Mainstream*
*In the Mainstream class “specifications [are] derived from typical existing small, 5-passenger economy mixed-use vehicles.”
According to Popular Mechanics, the sleek body of the Velozzi Supercar is made of carbon nanotube composites, with polycarbonate windows and a metal+composites chassis, thanks in part to Bayer MaterialScience and Virginia Tech. However, the car wasn't remotely close to being finished as of March 2009.
Nonetheless, the Velozzi is promising some googly-eyed specs:
- Propulsion: 770 hp AC induction electric motor
- Zero-to-60: 3 seconds
- Top Speed: 200 mph
The Velozzi SOLO is a planned mass-production crossover hybrid that's pretty much under wraps, beyond some estimated specs published on the website:
- Top speed: 120 mph
- Zero-to-60: Under 6 seconds
- Battery range: 200+ miles
- Hybrid range: 500-1000 miles
- Target price: $30,000-$40,000
The partnership with Bayer MaterialScience is likely what got PM so pumped; the original aspirin synthesizer has a solid track record in material science across both the automotive and aerospace industries.
Velozzi is focusing on strong, extremely low-weight vehicles to increase efficiency. The Supercar also shows a flair for design that would certainly have commercial appeal. In their words, they're "dedicated to the designing, manufacturing & marketing of environmentally friendly, powerful, beautiful and practical plug-in multi-fuel hybrid electric vehicles."
Bayer, Nanoledge, Saminco Electric Traction Drives, Ashland, Weismann R&D
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