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Volkswagen XL1 :A 261-MPG Shuttle to the

By Ulrich Hackenberg, guest May 11, 2011  | 7:00 am  | Categories: Cars, EVs and Hybrids, repost Wired  by The Chicago Toy Store.

kicked off 2011 with the of the most fuel-efficient car ever, the a groundbreaking vehicle that the future of individual mobility.

by an 800cc TDI (common rail turbodiesel) engine and a small motor, the two-seat Volkswagen XL1 just 0.9 liters diesel per 100 That’s the equivalent of 261 mpg. The XL1 is a so of course you can’t buy one today.

But it is an important shuttle to the future.

We cars like this, and you be able to buy them in the future. they are platforms for new ideas and for new technologies. They show is possible.

The world of mobility is the most intensive upheaval the first automobile was invented 125 ago. Around the globe, is a growing desire to finally ourselves from the capricious fluctuations of crude oil — a finite whose days are numbered. The to move beyond fossil is intensified by a growing environmental Environmental awareness is not just a or a passing trend. It is an integral of today’s lifestyle.

People are looking for solutions, they live in Boston, or Beijing. They want that are sustainable, fuel-efficient and

The auto industry is responding. We are on a strategy of downsizing gasoline and engines, applying hybrid and implementing pure electric in automobiles. Volkswagen will its first electric vehicle in Initially, however, these cars will not be going it

So far, they have not to be practical for all driving needs.

Let’s take a look at the By 2020, we anticipate a global share of 2-3 percent for battery cars. That’s roughly the share hybrids have in their first decade.

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leaves at least 97 percent of the for other power options. To put it way, between 55 million and 70 of all cars sold annually now and 2020 will have of various types. Internal engines will remain well into the next

That is why automakers are studying — in like the XL1 — what is feasible in of maximum fuel economy the realm of conventional engines and drives. While we continue to other options, we are already an initial limited production run of the XL1 for the future.

The XL1 shows what is feasible. It has a of more than 1,000 km on one 10-liter tank of fuel — the of 621 miles on 2.6 gallons. Extensive use of fiber and other lightweight means it is extremely light, just 1,749 lbs.

Yet same material — carbon — ensures the safety cell is strong, creating a safe The lithium-ion battery provides a of up to 35 kilometers, about 22 miles, in electric mode – that is, zero tailpipe emissions. Yet its efficiency and sustainability, the XL1 is fun to drive.

This remarkable prototype that we can have efficiency and without sacrificing the fun of driving must be part of the future.

Top VW executives with Martin chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG, and the XL1 at its at the Qatar auto show. is fourth from the right, to the car. (Volkswagen)

Ulrich is a mechanical engineer who oversees for Volkswagen AG as a member of its board of

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