No sooner has Tesla Motors started production of their electric car, then I find an article on CNN.com about an X-Prize competition for building a car that gets the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon or better. The award: $10 million. How's that for motivation.
There are two categories for this prize: mainstream and alternative. According to the CNN article:
"Mainstream cars must carry four or more passengers and have climate control, an audio system and 10 cubic feet of cargo space. They also must have four or more wheels, hit 60 miles per hour in less than 12 seconds and have a minimum top speed of 100 miles per hour and a range of 200 miles."
"Alternative vehicles will be required to carry two or more passengers and five cubic feet of cargo, have a top speed of at least 80 miles per hour and have a range of at least 100 miles."
What a cool concept. Here's a $10 million incentive to build something we need anyway.