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Auto X-Prize: 12 Teams Make the Cut With 15 Cars Still In

X-Prize E-Tracer

In brief: The Progressive Automotive X Prize continues after the first Knockout Qualifying Stage completes. Only a dozen teams with 15 vehicles still remain in the running.

The word

X-Tracier E-Tracer

The X Prize has completed the Knockout Qualifying Stage with eleven vehicles unable to make the cut. This stage included stringent range and dynamic stability tests overseen by Consumer Reports, a partner with Progressive Insurance in the competition.

Two vehicles remain in the Mainstream Class and 13 stay in the Alternative Class with 12 teams involved overall.

The next phase of the competition continues at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan starting July 19.

The following are the finalists who will compete in the next stage:

Mainstream Class:

  • Edison 2 Very Light Car (#97)
  • Edison 2 Very Light Car (#98)

Alternative Class - Tandem (2+ seating, one behind the other):

  • Commuter Cars, Tango
  • Edison2, Very Light Car (#95)
  • Spira, Spira4u
  • X-Tracer, E-Tracer 7002
  • X-Tracer, E-Tracer 7009

Alternative Class - Side-by-Side (2+ seating, standard driver-passenger arrangement):

  • Amp, amp’d Sky
  • Aptera, Aptera 2e
  • Li-ion Motors, Wave II
  • RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout
  • Tata Motors, Indica Vista EV X
  • TW4XP, TW4XP
  • Western Washington University, Viking 45
  • ZAP, Alias

And so ...

Great mix of competition both geographically (teams as far-flung as Switzerland and Finland are still in) and propulsion-wise. The Edison2 cars are all internal combustion vehicles while several others like the E-Tracer (pictured) are battery electrics.

Photo credits: Automotive X-Prize

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