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Automotive X Prize update: Motors charges ahead Wave, Inizio electric car

As we check in on a few of the most prominent from last year’s $10 Automotive X Prize competition to a 100 mpg car, our next stop is Motors .

Li-ion’s bright electric tadpole (the took home $2.5 in prize money in the hotly side-by-side alternative class. (In the and Tandem Alternative classes, all the except one had a broken car or had been before the final race. were just a handful of in the final race for the class

We talked to Rich Ralston, public relations officer at the working headquarters in Charlotte, Ralston explained that the is working on two cars: the X Prize Wave and a radical two-seat car called the Inizio .

Although the brought in the prize money, the focus seems to be on commercializing the sports car. Ralston that the Inizio has been for rapid battery changes to technology upgrades and fast pack swaps, as an alternative to recharge times.


The Inizio will build a for the company and pave the way for the Wave, says.

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Ralston shared that the can build 10 to 18 Inizios a month at its facility in North Carolina. It to sell the cars directly to avoiding a separate dealer for now. Li-ion previously that the Inizio will be in three versions: a $139,000 with a top speed of 130 mph; a model with a range of 250 and a $249,000 model with a top of 170 mph.

Meanwhile, news reports say the has bought property in northern Canada, to build a new factory to the Wave. The money profit car be the Wave, says Ralston, but the will get Li-ion noticed.

says the company is applying for DOT for both cars, but acknowledges process has been held up by a of funding. He estimates the company need about $5 million for manufacturer certification, which the cars will have to be with federally required equipment and pass federal tests. As all-electric cars, also get a fuel economy though they won’t other traditional emissions

The X Prize validated our battery and our battery management strategy, says. Hopefully, it can also them far enough to find the millions needed to see their make it to the streets.

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