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VW shows off the Future of Hybrid Technology at the Geneva Auto Show

It’s going to take something pretty extraordinary to beat the new Volkswagen XL1 in the Fuel Efficiency Wars. The futuristic two door boasts an incredible 261 MPG with a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, and perhaps even more amazingly, Volkswagen has announced last week that they will enter the XL1 into production.

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Front 3/4

The aerodynamic body made in part from carbon fibre reinforced polymer will slip through the air with a coefficient drag rating of just 0.189which is mind blowing considering that even an Honda insight or Toyota Prius can’t come close to cracking the .2 barrier.

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Rear 3/4

Under The XL1 sports a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 1-liter two-cylinder TDI engine 47hp, an electric 27hp motor connected to curiously heavy 7-speed dual clutch transmission. We were fully expecting to enter into CVT land with the XL1 however instead we find the VW groups tried and true DSG gearbox. Electrical energy will be stored in a lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 5.5 kWh (whatever that means eh ;-P).

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Powertrain

With an emphasis on efficiency, this two seater car s performance will not be a big selling point. VW claims it will go from zero to 62 miles per hour in a lumbering 12.7 seconds. Top speed will be just under 100 miles per hour.

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Not exactly blinding speed, but for a car that’s five times better efficiency than the feared 2025 CAFE mandate of 54.5 MPG, it’s downright IndyCar fast.

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Doors open ready to fly away

The liquid fuel tank of the XL1 holds just 10 litres of diesel fuel. In theory, if you run the XL1 as absolutely frugally as humanly possible off the internal combustion engine and drain the fuel tank to the bone, you can travel 1,111 kilometres (690.3 miles) before refilling the 10 litres for around 13 bucks. Then add in the 50 kilometres of full-EV motoring on a fully charged battery at speeds of up to 100 km/h when you press the e-drive button, and your observed range could be well beyond the 1,160 kilometre mark per tank and charge.

At its most efficient, the XL1 two seater can be driven for up to 32 miles on pure electric power alone.

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Interior note the passenger seat is 2 inches offset so that theres no bumping sholders

While the XL1 is intended to be a production car, VW is planning to build 250 XL1s using handcrafting-like production methods at the automaker s factory in Osnabrück, Germany, VW said. The automaker has not announced how much they will cost but according to VW CEO Martin Winterkorn at press event in Geneva, there will be interesting financing offers for customers.

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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