The Automotive X-Prize challenged teams of engineers and students to develop a new, ultra-efficient vehicle for the 21st century. In the end it was the Eidson2 team and its Very Light Car that won the $5 million Mainstream category. This weekend the Edison2 team debuted the fourth iteration of their efficient vehicle…but will they ever actually sell it?
In 2010 the Edison2 team beat out the competition of 136 teams using a simple, single-cylinder motorcycle engine combined with a 830-pound chassis that helped it achieve some remarkable fuel eonomy numbers. In 2011 an electric version of the Very Light Car acheived the electric equvalent of 245 mpg, and could go about 114 miles on a single charge.
The new Very Light Car 4.0 includes improvements such as addtional passenger room, ease of access, and a patented in-wheel suspension that drastically reduces weight. All these improvements hopefully mean a production version of the Very Light Car is in the works, though it may still be years before anyone can actually buy one.
Hopefully, the wait will be worth it.
Source: Autoblog Green