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Very Light Car (95)
Team Leader: Oliver Kuttner
Team Website: www.edison2.com/
Powertrain: Combustion Engine
Fuel Type: E85
Design: New
Class: Alternative (Tandem)
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Eliminated
Failure to meet minimum 67 MPGe requirement for on-road fuel efficiency.
Very Light Car (96)
Team Leader: Oliver Kuttner
Team Website: www.edison2.com/
Powertrain: Combustion Engine
Fuel Type: E85
Design: New
Class: Alternative (Side by Side)
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Finalist
Very Light Car (97)
Team Leader: Oliver Kuttner
Team Website: www.edison2.com/
Powertrain: Combustion Engine
Fuel Type: E85
Design: New
Class: Mainstream
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Finalist
$5 Million Winner
Mainstream Class
Very Light Car (98)
Team Leader: Oliver Kuttner
Team Website: www.edison2.com/
Powertrain: Combustion Engine
Fuel Type: E85
Design: New
Class: Mainstream
The data are approximations for informational purposes only and may not reflect actual metrics used to score entrants.

Team Bio

We at Edison2 are a small group of passionate individuals who are highly accomplished in our respective fields. We are experts in automobile design, aerodynamics, and racing, as well as in implementing and realizing complicated projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. We pride ourselves in our creative out-of-the-box thinking, and in the quality and diversity of our various projects and products.

For our entry in the Progressive Automotive X-PRIZE competition, we will combine the use of exceptionally strong, ultra-lightweight materials with ingenious improvements to existing automotive technologies to create a winning car design for the Mainstream Category. Our team is a colorful assortment of independent thinkers not unlike those of the original Edison Labs, who created the light bulb and many other significant innovations, hence our name- EDISON2. Our experiences range from Le Mans victories to degrees in Engineering, Business, Architecture and the Liberal Arts. We have a decentralized approach that utilizes a number of high quality sub-suppliers with whom we have previous and extensive experience, in the fields of transmission design, engine modeling, engine manufacturing, composite component manufacturing, engine electronics system design and various CNC manufacturing processes.

For more information on Edison2, check out the team's coverage on ConsumerReports.org

Oliver Kuttner

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Role on team: Founder & CEO
How did you become involved in the team?
I learned of the X PRIZE in 2007. We had been working on specific efficient auto components and this gave us a reason to connect them into a car.

THE NEED FOR SPEED RECORDS

September 12, 2013

We’ve let slip recently that Edison2 is working to attempt at least one FIA World Speed Record with X Prize car #95. What are Speed Records and why do them? Let’s start off with some background: The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) through a complex network of subsidiary and affiliated organizations, is the official governing body of motorsport and records worldwide. The FIA ultimately controls Formula 1, for instance. They’re the automotive equivalent of the International Olympic Committee.... more »

PRESS RELEASE: EDISON2 UNVEILS NEW VERY LIGHT CAR ARCHITECTURE AT THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM

April 12, 2013

(Dearborn, Mich. – April 12, 2013) –Edison2, the winners of the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, unveiled the their latest Very Light Car (VLC) inside Henry Ford Museum’s Driving America exhibit yesterday afternoon.  After an introduction by Patricia Mooradian, The Henry Ford’s president, Oliver Kuttner spoke not only about Edison2’s achievements over the last 5 years, but also their mission to provide affordable, efficient, and sustainable transportation solutions. Illustrating the expected auto... more »

PRESS RELEASE: Edison2 to unveil newest EV vehicle architecture April 11, Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

April 5, 2013

Edison2 to Unveil New Very Light Car Architecture at The Henry Ford April 11, 2013 Special Press Conference begins at 2pm inside Henry Ford Museum  (Dearborn, Mich. – April 5, 2013) –Edison2, the winners of the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, will unveil their latest Very Light Car (VLC) architecture on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at The Henry Ford. This special press conference will begin at 2 p.m. next to the organization’s original winning VLC on display inside Henry Ford Museum’s Driving America exhi... more »

Edison2 on Impact Avoidance: Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Butterfly

April 2, 2013

It takes two to collide. But in official crash tests, only one vehicle is instrumented to measure impact forces and damage. What happens to the opposing car and the people inside it?  In accidents, people are killed by acceleration forces and how they arrive. Edison2 is very serious about occupant protection. Serious enough that we created a new automobile architecture which reduces these fatal forces by deflecting their crash energy. We recently achieved exceptional results in an official Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 40%... more »

PROGRESS REPORT - 2013 week 13

March 30, 2013

Happy Easter! This week the prototype shop and personnel focused on development for the V4.0 front axle assembly, concentrating specifically on sensitivity and feel. With feedback from running to date in hand, we decided to change the steering rack from the Option 1 to Option 2 bearing configuration. This involved completely dismantling the rack to reconfigure the bearings. While inside the unit, we had the opportunity to inspect the primary components and were pleased to see that all operational signatures appeared good. In its new guise, the ... more »

PROGRESS REPORT - 2013 week 12

March 30, 2013

Edison2’s Lynchburg experimental prototype shop conducted a planned series of checks following our early testing of VLC 4.0 chassis number 18. This very thorough inspection after 143 miles’ running to date has produced no unpleasant surprises. Driver comments and feedback are encouraging and match expectations given the car’s present build. This finding allows us to make development decisions with good confidence. In short, knowledge of the new car, its performance and operation is accumulating rapidly. Meanwhile, work in the ... more »