Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Cruises into 2010

With the competition end date just MONTHS away, the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE is really heating up! PIAXP kicked off what promises to be an exciting 2010 with a big splash at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. We enjoyed a prominent footprint, with five competition vehicles on display (Edison 2, Team EVI, SABA Motors, SSI Racing and ZAP) on the main floor of Cobo Hall in a new section dubbed “Electric Avenue” (and, yes, for those of you wondering, the song “Electric Avenue” was consistently played throughout each day).


We also held a Press Conference, in which we announced the official competition schedule, as well as key partnerships with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Department of Energy (DOE) and Michigan International Speedway (MIS), the chosen venue for the on-track competition challenges that begin in April. X PRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis was on-hand to field questions, and we also received words of support from Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry as well as a personal visit to the booth by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. PIAXP Senior Director Eric Cahill also presented on behalf of the competition to the Automotive Communities Program meeting hosted by the Center for Automotive Research.

This is just one of the many highlights we have experienced over the past several months and we look forward to future success as we gear up to commence the competition at the Michigan International Speedway on April 26! If you are in the Michigan area, please make sure to join us on April 29, for our Competition Opener and Welcome at the State Capital in Lansing. This will be the first in a series of our public events.

We hope to see you there! In the meantime, please feel free to join us on Facebook, LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter to keep appraised on current events on the competition as they unfold.

Team vehicles on display at NAIAS

Edison2

EVI

Saba Motors

SS1

ZAP

By: David Locke, Associate, Prize Operations

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