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 More than two dozen next-generation automobiles have survived the first round of on-track testing for the $10 million Progressive Automotive X Prize. 

Twenty-seven of the 36 vehicles that were invited to the “Shakedown” trials are still in the running after a series of evaluations at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. The evaluations included technical inspections as well as zero-to-60-mph acceleration runs, double-lane-change avoidance maneuvers and braking tests. 

The next step for the surviving vehicles will be a “Knockout” round of tougher head-to-head evaluations in June. 

During the next round, teams will have to demonstrate that their cars can meet or beat 67 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy. Because many of the cars are hybrid electric or all-electric, the X Prize has set up a formula to figure out the energy equivalence. 

The contest’s ultimate goal is to reward teams that can field marketable automobiles capable of getting more than 100 MPGe while satisfying requirements for range and low emissions. 

“This was not meant to be easy,” Eric Cahill, senior director of the X Prize competition, said in a statement issued today. “If it were, it would have already been done. We expect to see additional eliminations during the Knockout Stage as we narrow the field in preparation for the Finals Stage in late July.” 

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The $10 million in prize money will be split by the top-scoring cars in three categories:

$5 million for a mainstream four-seater, $2.5 million for an alternative side-by-side two-seater, and $2.5 million for an alternative tandem two-seater. The prizes are to be awarded at a ceremony in September.

Passed:

 • American HyPower, Centennial, Colorado (Gasoline, Hydrogen)     
• BITW Technologies, Palmyra, Indiana (Biodiesel)  
• Edison2, Lynchburg, Virginia (E85)     
• Liberty Motors Group, Botkins, Ohio (Gasoline)  
• West Philly Hybrid X (EVX), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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