X PRIZE was well-represented at the 5th annual Alt Car Expo and Conference at the Santa Monica Civic Center on October 1 and 2. Li-ion Motors and X-Tracer, winners of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE in the Alternative Class, were on-hand displaying their winning cars, posing for pictures and answering lots of questions from alternative car enthusiasts of all ages.
The AltCar Expo is one of the most extensive presentations of alternative technology vehicles and transportation, infrastructure, renewable energies, energy efficiency and urban planning found worldwide. It offers a rare hands-on experience with all technologies. The Focus on Fleet Conference supplies the Fleet Industry with the cutting edge information on funding, alternative vehicle technology and availability, infrastructure and more.
The two-day event culminated with a panel discussion, A Behind The Scenes Look at the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE which I had the pleasure of moderating with panelists Don Taylor, X PRIZE’s Senior Advisor for Competition Rules; Ron Riedener, Team Leader for X-Tracer and CEO of Peraves AG; and Ron Cerven, Team leader and Program Manager for Li-ion Motors, Inc. In addition to presentations by each of the panelists, the session included screenings of Accelerating the Future with video highlights of the competition and an overview of the awards presentation ceremonies and related events recently held in Washington DC.