Ingenious: The True Story of the Automotive X-Prize and the Quest to Build a Better Tomorrow

Disclaimer:  I just finished reading a digital galley that I was provided access to via Edelweiss.  What follows is my semi-immediate response to this book.

Ingenious:  A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America by Jason Fagone

There was an X Prize to encourage people to try and get a person into space.  That went well.  So they did another X Prize for automobiles with a target of building a car that could travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas.  The book Ingenious tells the story of the people who competed in this competition, and won it.

There were several competitors including Edison 2 and their Very Light Car whose philosophy is based around the idea that a lighter car requires less energy to propel.  There are the people at Illuminati Motors who built their electric car in a barn.  There are the kids at West Philly that built TWO cars to compete.  There's the well funded entry from Aptera motors.  All of these teams working to try and build a car that is twice as fuel efficient as a Toyota Prius.

If you're the type of person who appreciates science and non-fiction books, I highly recommend this book.  I feel that is a very specific audience, but since this is the internet, there are more than a few of you lurking around.  I enjoyed the writing and reporting.  Thumbs up.

Please note:  the current electric wunderkind, the Tesla S, did not compete, did not win the prize.  C'est la history.