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We have hours of footage from the X PRIZE, but this is one of my personal favorites I’ve been saving for a cold winter day. This is the Skidpad test on which Consumer Reports tests all new cars.
According to Wikipedia, a skidpad or skidpan is a large, circular area of flat pavement used for various tests of a car’s handling. The most common skidpad use is testing lateral acceleration, measured in g.
The test is carried out on a circular track with a calculated radius. A car driving on said track is slowly accelerated until the outermost tires on the car begin to slip. Going any faster would cause the car to drive outside the 300 ft radius. At this point, the speed of the car is recorded, and given the centripetal acceleration formula, v²/r, a car’s handling in terms of lateral gs can be derived.
To pass the test, the Alias had to surpass 40 MPH to achieve a lateral acceleration of .7 g without losing control. As you can see, this was a piece of cake for the Alias and X PRIZE posted a result of .85 g, not bad considering Al Unser Jr. was just getting started when they called him in. None of the X PRIZE cars in the Knockout Stage had a problem with this test and it was dropped for the finals.
Thankz to ZAP Alias Team Member Prashanth Radhakrishnan for capturing this raw video, which was posted originally on Facebook in June.
I do believe that this is the first video of the white ZAP Alias X PRIZE competition vehicle to air on YouTube back in May. The ZAP Alias fan who made this must have seen it driving around Toledo, Ohio immediately before the Shakedown for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. Speedway Tire & Auto let us use their racing shop on turn 4 of the Toledo Speedway to do some last minute fine-tuning and this must have been in one of the nearby neighborhoods.
Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine seeing a totally exotic electric car whizzing down a quiet Midwest road at night with its single, bright LED headlight, probably a lot like a UFO sighting. This person must have done what any self-respecting person would have, pulled out their video camera. The next best thing always seems to be, you guessed it, a camera phone.
Well, after months of anticipating the revelation of this car at Michigan International Speedway for Shakedown, to say that we were somewhat disappointed that someone leaked our new car was an understatement. But in retrospect, it’s all good. We have a good idea who made this video, and Sean, all we have to say to you is: nice work! Excellent song selection. Keep on doing those cool card tricks and making creative videos. Bezt!
After years of work put into the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE and being one of only seven of the original 136 vehicles to make it through validation, ZAP is extremely honored to receive an Innovation Award from BorgWarner. BorgWarner supplied the Alias with its state-of-the-art eGearDrive(r) Transmission Technology. The system worked flawlessly throughout the competition, helping the Alias run at an impressive 124 MPGe, despite carrying hundreds of pounds of extra safety equipment to enhance its production-readiness.
BorgWarner historically gives this award to recipients and teams within the company. The ZAP Alias and other X PRIZE vehicles are the first innovators outside of the company to receive an award.
BorgWarner held the event at its Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. Thank you to ZAP Sponsor and team member Mike Mills of Speedway Tire & Auto out of Toledo, Ohio for representing ZAP at the event, bringing our ZAPTRUCK XL and ZAPPY3 Scooters for display at the event. ZAP co-driver Al Unser Jr. was not able to attend the event, but Mike Mills delivered a note on his behalf:
“It’s an honor to be a part of the electric car movement and with ZAP in particular. When we entered the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, I was surprised to find that the Alias was using a BorgWarner transmission, so I am especially excited to hear that BorgWarner is involved in the electric car movement as well. I wish I could be there on ZAP’s behalf, but also on the behalf of BorgWarner, because of their long history with the Indy 500. Thank you.” — Al Unser Jr.
Read more about ZAP’s showing in the Automotive X PRIZE here. Press Release below.
BorgWarner’s Advanced Technologies Support Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Winner and Two Finalists
BorgWarner’s VTG Turbocharger Technology Boosts Power and Fuel Economy for X PRIZE Winner Edison2
BorgWarner’s eGearDrive® Transmission Drives Finalists Aptera 2e and ZAP Alias
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarner’s variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharging technology boosts the performance and fuel economy for the Very Light Car by Edison2, Mainstream Class winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition. The four-passenger vehicle is fueled by E85 and built with a focus on low weight, high efficiency and superior aerodynamics. Designed to boost the output of down-sized engines, BorgWarner’s VTG turbocharger helped the Edison2 team achieve the performance of a much larger engine, with lower weight and better fuel economy. During the competition, the Very Light Car recorded a total efficiency of 102.5 MPGe (miles per gallon or energy equivalent).
In addition, BorgWarner’s 31-03 eGearDrive® transmission drove two finalists in the Alternative Class for two-passenger vehicles: the Aptera 2e and the Alias from ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board: ZAAP). Both battery-powered electric vehicles benefited from the eGearDrive® transmission’s high-efficiency gear train and compact, low-weight design, which contributes to extended driving range and, in turn, reduces battery capacity requirements. The eGearDrive® transmission achieves greater than 97 percent efficiency, while providing smooth, quiet operation. BorgWarner also provided the thermal management system for the Aptera vehicle’s power electronics and electric motor drive unit. The Aptera recorded 179 MPGe on the X PRIZE test track and 195 MPGe during the event’s dynamometer test. The Alias achieved a total efficiency of 124 MPGe.
“BorgWarner develops and produces technologies that improve fuel economy, enhance performance and reduce emissions in all types of powertrains, including gasoline, hybrid, electric and diesel. The X PRIZE plays a momentous role in promoting innovation, validating results and leveling the playing field to allow consumers to choose the winning technologies for the future,” said Timothy M. Manganello, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. “The innovations born during this competition—big and small—promise to revolutionize the way people travel. BorgWarner is pleased that our advanced technologies helped bring the dreams of these next-generation automotive pioneers to reality. Congratulations to Edison2, Aptera, ZAP and all of the X PRIZE participants.”
To inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles that offer more consumer choices, the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE awarded $10 million to teams that won a multi-stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPGe. A field of 136 vehicles from 111 teams was evaluated for efficiency, safety and performance under real-world conditions. BorgWarner was an official sponsor of the Aptera 2e team.
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com.
SOURCE BorgWarner Inc.
Also available as an Acrobat PDF
About The Vehicle
ZAP’s approach in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE was to create a sleekly styled, 100% plug‐in electric roadster designed in a three‐wheeled configuration, two wheels in front, one in the rear. The 2‐ (optional 3) passenger vehicle employs unique automotive design and manufacturing techniques in order to achieve ZAP’s business goals of practicality and affordability.
- High performance, three‐wheeled design
- Advanced lightweight motor/ controller
- Advanced lithium‐ion phospate batteries
- NASCAR style safety cage/composite construction
- Production plans are to sell the Alias for approximately $35,000.
About The Team
ZAP is one of the few Teams in the X PRIZE that has experience producing and selling electric vehicles. The ZAP Alias team has a diverse makeup of veteran automotive engineers, seasoned automotive technicians, youthful, enthusiastic talent, electric vehicle pioneers and master automotive craftsmen. Team leader Gary Starr has been working on electric vehicles for more than 35 years, having built his first electric car in college in 1974. Together with Chuck Turney, a master automotive designer and builder with 35 years experience working for the Detroit Auto Industry, Starr and Turney have an ideal blend of leadership for a team building electric cars of the future. Combined with the manufacturing ability of Jonway Auto, ZAP looks poised for rapid growth in the electric vehicle industry. ZAP was founded in 1994 to create an advanced transportation company. In an era when government and industry are debating how to solve our growing
transportation problems, ZAP has been a pioneer in providing cost effective advanced transportation solutions and helping to create a paradigm shift in transportation. In 16 years ZAP has designed, manufactured and shipped over 117,000 electric vehicles, ranging from electric bikes to electric scooters, ATVs, cars, vans and trucks, to over 75 countries.
What Does the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE mean to them?
The timing with the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE could not a better opportunity for ZAP and its plans with the Alias. Meeting competition criteria for the PIAXP and following their guidelines and advice is an asset that far exceeds the investment in the competition. The X PRIZE’s goal of creating an advanced vehicle that could be readily produced was in synch with ZAP’s corporate goal. Design, safety, production, marketability, performance —many of the things the traditional auto industry look at when bringing a vehicle to market—were key areas of focus for the XPRIZE and ZAP in the making of the Alias. The 100+ MPGe is an added challenge that makes the competition a unique opportunity in the history of the auto industry.
100+ MPGe Electric Car in Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Awards Ceremony Followed by Presentation to U.S Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2010) The Alias electric car from ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP) will be participating in two events in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 16, 2010. From 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, the Alias will be featured as a finalist in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Awards Ceremony at the Historical Society of Washington D.C. From 2:15 to 2:45 PM the Alias will be presented to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
EVENT 1 PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AUTOMOTIVE X PRIZE CELEBRATION & AWARDS CEREMONY
WHEN: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursday, September 16, 2010
WHO: ZAP Jonway Alias Team Members as well as officials and other teams competing in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE
WHERE: Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street NW at Mount Vernon Square, Washington, D.C.
WHY: Alias is one of nine finalists for the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for 100 MPGe cars
EVENT 2 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRESENTATION
WHEN: 2:15-2:45 PM (may extend until approximately 3:30), Thursday, September 16, 2010
WHO: Photo and Interview Opportunity with U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu
ZAP Jonway Alias Team Members, X PRIZE Officials
WHERE: US Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
INFO: ZAP Jonway Contact: Alex Campbell, email@example.com
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Enjoy more videos from the Automotive XPRIZE featuring shots of the ZAP Alias electric car at MIS as well as interviews from driver Al Unser Jr. and Team Leader Gary Starr.
Shots of all the XPRIZE cars that participated in validation, except for the Alias strangely.
Samyang Optics has taken delivery of a red Alias that first appeared at National Automobile Dealers Association Expo in New Orleans. The same Alias debuted to the public earlier this year at the Korea EV Challenge, sponsored by Samyang Optics.
Samyang Optics and ZAP Jonway have formed a business venture to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) to Korea. The government’s goal is to commercialize EVs and capture 10 percent of the global market by 2015. Korea wants EVs to comprise 10 percent of domestic small car sales by 2020.
The Alias is a finalist in the Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE, a global competition that will award $10 million in prizes to teams that win a rigorous stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles and exceed 100 MPG energy equivalent (MPGe). It is among nine vehicles remaining from the original 136 that started the competition. The winners will be announced September 16, 2010 in Washington DC. Further details are available at http://progressiveautoxprize.org.
“Any car that has made it through the XPRIZE finals is a winner in our book,” said ZAP CEO Steve Schneider. “Now begins the real work of preparing the Alias for market. It’s the first XPRIZE vehicle in the Kelley Blue Book, so that’s a good start.”
ZAP is one of the oldest and most experienced EV providers, having delivered over 117,000 of a broad range of vehicles to more than 75 countries since 1994. ZAP supplies electric trucks and vans to military, government and corporate fleets and is an innovator of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. The Santa Rosa, California based company offers some of the only electric city-speed cars and trucks in production today. Further news and information is available at http://zapglobal.wordpress.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in the ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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