XPrize
Consumer Reports covered the Automotive X Prize competition
West Philly Hybrid X Team EVX Focus
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Team Name: West Philly Hybrid X team
Location: Philadelphia, Penn.
Car name: EVX Focus
Status: Eliminated. Failure to meet minimum fuel economy requirement.

Who are they? An after-school club from an inner-city high-school that is otherwise considered "disadvantaged." The team has 20 student members along with a few mentors, alums, and faculty advisors. They have built three alternative fuel cars since 1998 and won the Northeast Tour del Sol three times.

What they say will set them apart: West Philly Hybrid X is entered two cars, one in the Mainstream and the other in the Alternative class. Both use production gasoline engines and unique hybrid drivetrains. In the Mainstream class, the team is entered a Ford Focus converted to hybrid power.

Class: Mainstream
No. of wheels: Four
Passengers: Four-to-five
Drive type: Front-wheel-drive
Power sources: The EVX Focus is a plug-in hybrid, using a 15 kwh lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk, a 45 kw (60 hp) electric motor and an 80-hp Harley-Davidson twin-cylinder engine under the hood.
Fuel type: 1 electricity
Fuel type: 2 gasoline
Battery: 15 kwh lithium-ion battery pack
Charging: 220-volt off-board charger
Charge time: 6 hours for a full charge

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