Consumer prototype first drive!

 CBS Detroit 

Edison2 Unveils New Super-MPG Car At The Henry Ford

DEARBORN — Finally, a 21st Century car that really looks like it came from the 21st Century.

The venue was appropriate. The Henry Ford is a shrine to American innovation, and the Edison2 is packed with innovation from stem to stern.




The specifications below are for Edison2's mainstream X-Prize entries, while modular design allows for many additional configurations in production.


Dimensions & Weight

Overall Length 167"
Overall Width 79"
Height 53"
Wheelbase 100"
Front Track 70"
Rear Track 70"
Curb Weight 830 lbs
Engine Placement Rear Engine
Luggage Capacity Up to 22 cu-ft
Standard Seating 4 Passengers


Type 1 Cylinder, DOHC, Turbocharged
Displacement 250 cc
Max Power 40 hp
Max Torque 29 ft-lbs
Fuel E-85
Control Strategy Extensive Exhaust Gas Recirculation


Type Rear-Wheel with Differential
Transmission Manual Sequential, Auto Clutch Option
Number of Gears 6 + Reverse
Features Full Neutral Disconnect
Hybrid Option Electric Drive / Power Take Off Capable

Chassis & Suspension

Chassis Steel Tube Frame w/ stressed skin
Steering Rack and Pinion
Turning Radius 18'
Front Suspension Type Edison2 Proprietary Design
Rear Suspension Type Trailing-Arm with New Force Mgmt
Front/Rear Shocks Adjustable Gas-Pressurized
Front/Rear Springs Coil
Brakes 4-Wheel Water Jet Cut Disc
Anti-lock Brakes Capable
Stability Control Capable
Fuel Capacity 6.5 Gallons


Fuel Mileage 129 MPGe (highway) 110 (combined) in on-track testing at the X Prize
0-60 mph 14.2 seconds
Top Speed > 100 mph
Range > 600 miles


Heat Heating System with Defrost Function
Air Conditioning Conductive Cooling
Windshield Wiper 3 Speed with Intermittent Function
Audio System Ipod Dock Sound System