After months of competition, the Automotive X PRIZE has been awarded to three vehicles.

After months of competition, the Automotive X PRIZE has been awarded to three vehicles.

In the mainstream class, the Edison2 took top honors and a $5M prize. Judges were impressed because the car had the lowest drag coefficient and a turbocharged one-cylinder engine with 40 hp (30 kW / 41 PS) and 29 lb-ft (39 Nm) of torque.

The sporty Wave II won the alternative side-by-side class and took home $2.5M. It featured a battery electric powertrain which enabled the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 14.7 seconds and travel over 100 miles (161 km) in real-world driving.

Last but not least, the E-Tracer bested the competition in the alternative tandem class. Thanks to its futuristic design, the motorcycle-inspired BEV accelerated from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds and had a 100+ mile (161 km) range. Like the Wave II, it was also awarded $2.5M.

According to Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, "We've seen a shift in the market since we first launched this competition, and a greater awareness by people everywhere to think more seriously about the actions we take, and how they affect our environment. Gas mileage ranks as one of our top concerns when purchasing a new vehicle and I believe strongly that the innovations showcased throughout the life of this competition will continue to impact and improve our car buying options for the future."

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