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September 9, 2009

Avion withdraws from Auto X Prize, cites increasing costs of participating in 100 mpg challenge

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Another one bites the dust (see also: LincVolt and HP2G).

The Automotive X Prize will not feature an updated diesel-burning version of the Avion prototype from 1984
. Craig Henderson, the president of Avion Car Company, has sent a withdrawal letter to the AXP claiming that the costs of participating are too exorbitant for a small company like his. Henderson told AutoblogGreen that it wasn’t easy to drop out of the AXP, considering that he’s been working on high-efficiency vehicles for 25 years, even getting a Guiness record in 1986 for having the first 100+ mpg automobile:

It was a difficult decision to not sign the Master Team Agreement, a 64-page legal document for the X Prize, but the requirements for the contest and the cost of competing have gotten too rich for a work a day guy like me. I estimated it would cost around 25K to compete in the X Prize and the way the rules are (favoring battery cars) their was little point to continue.

Henderson says the costs he doesn’t have the money for include the need to buy $4 million worth of liability insurance and paying for all the accommodations and meals in the upcoming on-road portion of the contest.

The AXP organizers will tell you that their MPGe method to compare various energy types doesn’t favor one or the other, but apparently Henderson sees it differently. He will still be working on the new Avion that he hopes will beat his 113 mpg record set on a 263-mile trip in Washington State in 2008. Now that the Auto X Prize is out of the picture, Henderson promises, “The new Avion will be setting new records for REAL MPG spring of 2010” and the car will “be built on a custom limited production basis soon there after we break our old record.” You can read Henderson’s letter to the AXP after the jump.

[Source: Avion Car Company]

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