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2013 Volkswagen XL1: The Story of a Real-World 261-MPG Car

By J. Masson · January 26,

2011 Volkswagen XL1 Concept

here to talk about cars, but imagine a car you could from New York to Los Angeles 15 gallons of liquid fuel. The of the trip would be about You’d spend more that to feed yourself the way. That sounds and impossible, but it isn’t.

I know I’ve seen the car that do it.

The Volkswagen One-Liter concept back to 2002.

It’s not a car some mad scientist on a remote It comes from the world’s largest automotive group: And it’s not new. It was built in Its fuel consumption is real.

It has been measured at 235 MPG, translates into one-liter-per-100-km . and the name of the car, the Volkswagen What prevents Volkswagen putting it into production is this technological wonder is expensive to make. A carbon-fiber magnesium suspension parts, a 8.5-hp one-cylinder 0.3-liter engine with an aluminum All of its components are made of titanium as are the wheel hubs.

That car would be as expensive to make as a Bugatti Veyron.

I should add that if the One-liter looks like a spaceship a wheelspeople go mad to see this on the streetit would be a in daily use. The top of the car is below my Ingress/egress is difficult, and there’s no Finally, performance is very with a 74-mph top speed and the of a moped.

So Volkswagen made the most decision: to consider this from a starting point which it could develop a car would still be super-efficient, but user-friendly. That brought the L1, was the star of the Frankfurt motor in 2009.

The L1 in Frankfurt, 2009.

It had a carbon-fiber body, but its engine was a of a production unit, the 1.6-liter that powers millions of all over in Europe. It’s a that has been cut in half, a twin: a 0.8-liter 2-cylinder making 27 horsepower. That’s far exciting, but that diesel is not to power the car, because the L1 is a

It has a small 10 kW electric motor its 7-speed twin-clutch automatic

Together, the power available to the jumps to 29 kw (39 hp), giving closer to a normal car. Dry is 380 kg (838 pounds), whereas the model was only 290 kg (639 Official word at the unveiling was a production model was still years away, but that was working on it, and that they do it.

Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars

Now With a Plug

The third was unveiled yesterday. It’s a concept, but much closer to a car. Called the XL1, a big change: It’s now a plug-in

With a small lithium ion range in electric mode is a 21 This is modest, to my eyesthe of the passenger seat is more Past models had the passenger the driver, but now it’s side-by-side, is way better.

Actually, the seats are offset to give more and shoulder room for both With doors that like a Lamborghini, the XL1 is 153-inches and 66-inches wide and only high.

The XL1 Interior now has side-by-side


The engine remains the diesel but power is up to 35 kW (48 hp). The electric gets stronger too, now 20 kW (27 hp), and performance is now at least Zero-to-62-mph requires 11.9-seconds a 100 mph electronically limited top speed. equivalent to a Honda Insight hybrid.

The engine, motor and 7-speed clutch transmission are all in the back, the battery and the radiator are in front. The is up considerably, but at 1,753 poundsyou find anything with wheels that’s lighter on the Most important, the XL1 keeps its body, with a Cd of .186, and that fantastically efficient power train, Volkswagen an incredible 261-mpg figure. So in fact, that I don’t it. Nobody should believe it.

is not at fault, and I’m a big fan of Volkswagen but the official European method of fuel consumption of plug-in is not good.

Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars

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