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

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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