This race will draw “a line in the sand,” says Peter Diamandis, the CEO and chairman of the X-Prize Foundation. After the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is won, “there is no reason you should not be driving a car that gets over 100 miles per gallon.”
With the Tour de France-style competition approaching, it is clear that there is more at stake than just the $10 million prize. Even the runners up may find themselves on the front lines of a transportation revolution. “We’ve been driving the same old cars for 100 years,” says Diamandis. Things will never be the same.