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Light-car designers compete with heavyweight automakers

By: Bill Bregar

LIVONIA, MICH. (Dec. 27, 10:55 a.m. ET) — Big automakers are acting way too cautious to meet the 2025 deadline to average 54.5 mpg, according to pioneering light-car designers. If that’s the average, it means car fleets are going to need some models that get many more miles per gallon. And it isn’t easy, said Oliver Kuttner, founder and CEO of Edison2, which developed a gasoline-engine car that can top 100 mpg and won $5 million in Progressive Insurance’s Automotive X Prize in 2010.

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