California Startup Carmakers, Aptera and Zap, Finalists in Automotive X Prize

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complicated process, according to Reichenbach. Each car was required to run a “combined performance and efficiency challenge” at the speedway Tuesday. The outcome is intended to help the judges select a winner if the technical validation process produces a tie. The $10 million prize purse will be presented at an award ceremony on September 16, in Washington, D.C.

The finalists identified by the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize are:

Mainstream Class (Two vehicles, one team)

—Edison2, Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine

—Edison2, Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine

Alternative Class – Tandem (Two vehicles, one team)

—X-Tracer, E-Tracer #72 (Switzerland), Battery Electric

—X-Tracer, E-Tracer #79 (Switzerland), Battery Electric

Alternative Class – Side-by-Side (Five vehicles, five teams)

—Aptera, Aptera 2e (San Diego, CA), Battery Electric

—Li-ion Motors, Wave II (North Carolina), Battery Electric

—RaceAbout Association, RaceAbout (Finland), Battery Electric

—TW4XP, TW4XP (Germany), Battery Electric

—ZAP, Alias (Santa Rosa, CA), Battery Electric


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