Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PIAXP Shakes Things Up With Shakedown

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE (PIAXP) is in full swing, and we are very excited to see who will come out on top in this race to the finish line. There are four stages of the PRIZE – Shakedown, Knockout, Finals, and Validation.

From April 26 to May 7, we held Shakedown – which is exactly what it sounds like. All of the cars and competitors got a chance to “shake out” the bugs and go through a series of tests in order to get them ready for the Knockout Qualifying stage. Shakedown consisted of safety inspections and on-track dynamic safety evaluations, including braking speed, lane change ability, acceleration and refueling/recharging time, and more.

Of the 24 participants, 22 (representing 27 vehicles) will return for the pivotal Knockout stage on June 20th.

Mainstream Class Teams: Mainstream Class vehicles must carry four or more passengers, have four or more wheels and offer a 200-mile range.

Passed: American HyPower, Centennial, Colorado (Gasoline, Hydrogen) • BITW Technologies, Palmyra, Indiana (Biodiesel) • Edison2, Lynchburg, Virginia (E85) • Liberty Motors Group, Botkins, Ohio (Gasoline) • West Philly Hybrid X (EVX), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Gasoline)

Conditional pass: Cornell 100+ MPG Team, Ithaca, New York (Biodiesel) • Illuminati Motor Works, Virden, Illinois (Electric)

Probationary pass: Enginer, Troy, Michigan (Gasoline + Steam) • Global-E, Mandeville, Louisiana (Gasoline & Electric)

Eliminated: APET-X, Hong Kong, China (Electric)• Envera, Mill Valley, California (Gasoline) • Team FourSight, Morgantown, West Virginia (Biodiesel) • WIKISPEED, Seattle, Washington (Gasoline)

Alternative Class Teams: Alternative Class vehicles must carry two or more passengers and allow for a 100-mile range.

Side-by-side seating:

Passed: amp, Blue Ash, Ohio (Electric) • Aptera Motors, Vista, California (Electric) • Edison2, Lynchburg, Virginia (E85) • OptaMotive, San Jose, California (Electric) • RaceAbout Association, Helsinki, Finland (Electric)• Tata Motors Limited, Coventry, United Kingdom (Electric) • Team EVX, Dallas, Texas (Electric) • West Philly Hybrid X (EVX), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Biodiesel) • ZAP, Santa Rosa, California (Electric)

Conditional pass: Team EVI, Mooresville, North Carolina (Electric)

Probationary pass: Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (Gasoline)

Tandem seating:

Passed: Edison2, Lynchburg, Virginia (E85) • Spira, Banglamung, Chonburi, Thailand (Gasoline) • Tango (Commuter Cars), Spokane, Washington (Electric) • X-Tracer Team Switzerland, Uster, Switzerland (Electric)

Conditional pass: FVT Racing, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada (Gasoline) Deferred for later testing June 16-18, due to Volcano-related travel delays:• K-Way MOTUS, Turin, Italy (Gasoline) • TW4XP, Rosenthal, Germany (Electric)

Eliminated: Envera, Mill Valley, California (Gasoline)• Team FourSight, Morgantown, West Virginia (Electric)

“This was not meant to be easy; if it were, it would have already been done.” - Senior Director Eric Cahill

Check out the full press release here and all the info you need on our website, here.

Best of luck to all of our teams!

By: Heather MacMillan, Web Producer, PIAXP

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