This week Edison2 displayed a version 4.0 of their Very Light Car (or VLC for short) at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. For those who don’t know, Edison2 were the 2010 winners of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize for ultimate fuel efficiency with a 830 pound VLC powered by a one cylinder motorcycle engine. That VLC was able to run on either gasoline or ethanol.
Edison2’s approach to reducing the vehicle’s weight and drag is by doing thing’s like installing the suspension within the wheels. Huh? Well, that’s and interesting design concept.
In the fall of 2011, they tested an electric VLC, which did an impressive 114 miles on a single charge and achieved what would be equivalent to 245mpg. Not bad, coming from a little car that can be fully charged from a standard 110 socket in just 6 hours.
It appears that Edison2 has the right game plan to take on the world of efficient vehicles and it should be interesting to see what they come up with next.