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Energy COOL: Progressive Auto Prize

September 16th, 2010 · No Comments

As I write this, the count-down is on for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize winners announcement, which will start in just a few minutes. (live video) I had been planning, with the award announcement, to take the time to do a post on this prize, the process, and the winners. In short, this Prize (with 12 finalists of 111 teams with 137 entrants) seeks to help drive, with a $10 million award, forward more energy efficient automobiles.

Why this quick post: because I had not realized that the award process is actually taking place in Washington, DC, ‘around the corner from me’. And, well, if it is hard to get to the Historical Society of Washington in just a few minutes the car winners will be on Capitol Hill this afternoon.

AUTO X PRIZE: Entrepreneurs Driving the Future of Jobs and Energy Security

Congressional Briefing with X PRIZE Winners
***Winning Vehicles to be on Display at Capitol***

September 16, 2010 – Building new high-efficiency cars that reach 100 MPG will cut America’s dependence on foreign oil and save consumers money at the pump. On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE will be announcing the winners of their 31 month-long competition to build a production-capable vehicle that can achieve this goal.

Following the announcement, the winners of the competition will head to Capitol Hill to brief Members of Congress on their solutions. The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a congressional briefing with the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE winners at 2:00pm on Thursday September 16th, 2010 in 210 Cannon House Office Building.

Immediately following the briefing, Members of Congress will be able to view the winning X PRIZE vehicles, which will be on display at the corner of C Street and New Jersey Ave between the Longworth and Cannon buildings.

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create groundbreaking new technologies that benefit humanity and inspire the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets.

WHAT: Select Committee Briefing, “Progressive Auto X PRIZE: How Entrepreneurs Are Driving the Future of Jobs and Energy Security”

WHEN: Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 2:00 P.M.

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Capitol Complex

***PHOTO Availability with winning X PRIZE vehicles and Members of Congress will take place immediately following the briefing***

Nancy Pelosi is speaking in few minutes and then Science Advisor John Holdren and President Obama is going to meet with four of the Philadelphia High School students.

Go to the web and watch the event.

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