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Q&A with 'Ingenious' author Jason Fagone on the legacy of X Prize [w/video]

12/11/2013   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Green Culture, MPG, AutoblogGreen Q & A, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Automotive X-Prize

Automotive X Prize West Philly Car

In 2007, more than 200 teams set out on an ambitious automotive undertaking. The X Prize Foundation announced it would create a $10-million competition open to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that achieved 100 miles per gallon equivalent. AutoblogGreen followed the competition in real time, but the grueling three-year adventure has now been recounted in fascinating detail by author Jason Fagone in Ingenious, an ambitious new book on sale this month.

Fagone follows four of the teams in the competition, chronicling the adventures of these innovators, inventors and tinkerers who rose above their relatively limited automotive experience to achieve incredible results. He recently chatted with us about the book, about the legacy of the X Prize and the state of American innovation itself. Check out our review of Ingenious and our fascinating conversation with Fagone below.

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In deep with Henrik Fisker: Despite floods and fires, "I think we're beating the odds"

02/15/2013   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, AutoblogGreen Q & A, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Fisker

henrik fisker with karma plug-in hybrid

Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012.

Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012. A flood, fires and recalls continued to dog the start-up automaker. Then, one of the men trying to become President of the United States called the company a loser in a very public setting. For the last three months, the company didn't even make any cars. Still, it takes more than that to rattle a man who lends his own name to a company, especially one who designed the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9.

So, when we sat down with Henrik Fisker towards the end of 2012, we were surprised at just how relentlessly positive he was. His optimism isn't totally unfounded. He pointed out that his company has already beaten many odds that plague start-ups, to say nothing of a company trying to introduce a new kind of powertrain into the luxury vehicle market. Given where Fisker is today, he told us, things are looking up. With the company just starting sales in the Middle East and China, could 2013 be the year Fisker's fortunes turn around? Henrik certainly thinks so, as you can read below.

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