Lake Havasu City, AZ (PressExposure) June 10, 2009 -- Sponsored by Progressive Insurance, the Automotive X Prize is an international contest with the aim of jump-starting a new generation of viable, super-fuel-efficient vehicles. The independent competition is to see who can design, build, and bring to market vehicles that get a minimum of 100 miles per gallon.
In addition to the significant technological challenges, designers must create vehicles that people want to buy, can be mass-produced, and meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety, and performance.
Physics Lab of Lake Havasu is focused on exploiting regenerative technology, and showing that heavy vehicles especially, can benefit from Electric Vehicle (EV) technology. The Green Giant is a 4-wd full-size SUV that is entered in the Mainstream category of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE and the "One Gallon Challenge".
The drive train is fully electric, and is charged by weight exploiting Regen-EV-Shocks, solar thermal, waste heat/steam, photovoltaics, diesel, hydrogen and overnight grid charging of batteries.