Many people have asked me what I think about X PRIZE now it has ended. My thoughts are mixed with the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition.
First, I am delighted to have been a part of this event that spurred public awareness and creative thinking to find better ideas for transportation.
Congratulations to the winners in the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE. We share the understanding of hard work and dedication of this project. Truthfully, if it wasn’t for the X PRIZE, I wouldn’t have brought out the HP2g Hybrid Engine for a few more years because of intellectual properties.
Next, I am disappointed with their verification tests. X PRIZE started out saying the test would be real world driving in city traffic, mountains and highways from New York to California. What happened to that part?
HP2g is “real world” and EPA Tested. It has been driven all over the U.S.A. from Ohio to Las Vegas, New York City’s Times Square, Atlantic City, Washington D.C. through the Great Smokey Mountains, to Mackinaw and back to Ohio. HP2g was driven in all types of weather. Example: It driven to the North American International Auto Show in a bad snow storm where you couldn’t see the road, but could hear the snow and ice dragging on the floor of the car. HP2g has navigated through the deserts of Southwest with hot temperatures, sand storms, rain and snow. HP2g has also been driven in high altitudes as much as 10,000’ in the Rockies with more than one rider, complemented by necessities for the trip, (suit cases, ice chest, emergency tools, spare parts…even a spare tire). HP2g has driven more than 38 hours straight through only stopping to stretch and switch drivers to prove product durability.
HP2g™ Hybrid Engine runs on E85 Fuel, 400 Horse Power (HP), 500 Foot Pounds of Torque (ft-tq) and averages 110 MPG. Our products are designed to power and carry the load of transportations: workforce, emergency, agricultural and marine vehicles.
A senior citizen made a point to me by saying the X Prize cars are not designed for them. 6’5” person with hip replacements that wants to drive across country…NOT to be folded in half, Don’t forget about the mom with kids belted in back so close it is easy for them to fight.
The X Prize Completion was to be made for the average practical consumer.” What was considered: Big, Tall, Short, Parents, Elderly, or even Handicapped people? Were extreme weather conditions, high winds, rough terrain and or towing tested done at the track? I believe they fell short.