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When the Automotive X Prize was announced in 2007, the original intent of the contest was that the cars would be "desirable"; however, most of the cars were desirable in one respect only- low fuel consumption. I think a vital mistake was failing to set a minimum weight limit for the mainstream cars. What a shame! I was hoping that the Automotive X Prize would truly have made a difference. Perhaps, this can still help us down the path toward more efficient and eco-friendly vehicles in the future.

Bethann Buddenbaum

Thanks for your post. John Shore actually addresses the issue of weight requirements in his post "Why No Weight Requirement" (http://autoblog.xprize.org/axp/2010/11/why-no-minimum-weight-requirement.html). I hope this will provide greater insight into the reasoning.

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