One Shot: Grand Prize Auto

The Alé, a three-wheeled high-performance sports car, gets 92 miles per gallon. But to win the $10 million Automotive X Prize, its makers, British Columbia company FuelVapor Technologies, will have to do better. FuelVapor is one of more than 50 competitors taking on the challenge of delivering a safe, assembly line–ready car that travels at least 100 miles on a single gallon of gas (or its electric equivalent). The winning model must also limit its greenhouse gas emissions to 200 grams per mile. That’s barely a tenth of what cars usually spew. The Automotive X Prize competition kicked off in March and will run for two years. May the greenest car win.

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