Re: [EVDL] Good EV's, X-prise a disappointment?
Hi Eric and All,
While it could have been better, I think it
turned out ok. As for the ICE winning, that was just it's
class, 4 seat and what the contest was about. But it could
have been lighter, more eff, better looking if they had made
it composite unibody with wheels under the body with no more
aero drag as the wheels away from the body even faired have
aero costs, mostly intersection, skin friction, crosswind
drag. A longer version of the green EV 2seater would have
But the other classes were not bad at all and
just as much winners of their classes. The 2 seat side by
side class seems a rather good EV and likely to be produced.
The 2 seat, 2 wheel Etracer is a very fast,
hot, eff EV already in production though limited and very
costly, $90k or so. I'm doing a poor man's version of it. If
made in real mass production no reason it would cost over
$15k. Amazingly it weighs 1400lbs vs mine coming in at
700lbs with lead batteries. The ICE version it was made
from, the Ecomobile is made from a new BMW MC and both
versions have AC, etc is about $80k depending on the
---- Original Message Follows -----
From: Eric <[email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [EVDL] X-prise a disappointment?
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:39:28 -0700
>"...We should set up our own "Challenge the X-Prize"
>Not sure the mere title of "beating" the X-Prize" winner
>would be enough in the eyes of mainstream. It depends on
>what you're trying to accomplish. If you're simply doing
>it for personal gratification for the EV world, and some
>sort of EV redemption then sure, go for it.
>I'm working on something now. But it wouldn't be a
>challenge without some prize. Title or no title.
>Though I'm disappointed that an ICE won the X-Prize, I
>still believe in the philosophy of the X-Prize and the
>scientific and technological advancements they've already
>accomplished. Look at what they accomplished with the
>Space X-Prize. SpaceShipOne, built by legendary Burt Rutan
>Also the Google Lunar X-Prize is wonderfully ambitious and
>a great idea!
>So how would you go about doing it?
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