Gallery: Volkswagen Confirms Production Plans For the 261 MPG XL1 Plug-...


Volkswagen just confirmed plans to produce its XL1 plug-in hybrid – which gets an astounding 261 miles per gallon! When it is officially unveiled at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show the XL1 will be the most fuel-efficient production car in the world with a fuel consumption of only 0.9 l / 100 km (261 mpg).

The XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that combines a 47 horsepower two-cylinder diesel TDI engine with a 27 horsepower electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. According to VW the XL1 reaches 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds and can travel up to 31 miles in full electric mode.

The two-passenger XL1 measures 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm high. It also only weighs 1,753 pounds. Volkswagen will build the XL1 at its Osnabrueck factory in Germany, but it has not yet announced pricing for the hypermiling vehicle.

+ Volkswagen


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  1. imoss January 7, 2014 at 2:48 am


    Yes!!! The car is a very good start, but it is not yet a game-changer.

    There are some things that would make it a gamer-changer. First, the car would have to become exceptionally light weight. Something in the 400 lb., range would be a target weight. Second, the XL-1 would have to use a slightly modified propulsion system.

    Here is a very doable modification. First, VW would have to acquire a license use of a Tesla electric engine. This engine is a fraction of the size of the either of the two XL-1\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s engine / motor arrangement. It also only weighs 70 lb., and operates without use of a transmission. Right now, this lilliputian motor has a HP rating that exceeds 400bhp. It accelerate a 4,600 LB car to 62 mph in about 4.5 seconds.

    Second, the VW diesel engine should be used strictly for purposes of generating electricity for the Tesla motor. This modification alone would eliminate the need for a large (and heavy) battery pack. The results? The lightweight XL-1\\\’s acceleration times would be in the league of a Bugatti, and its MPG / range would extend well beyond its existing 261 mpg mark.

  2. Levi Stafford February 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I want it !

  3. desai37 February 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    WOW !! India launch first please

  4. Peter Richardson February 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    About time we had this kind of innovation! Good job VW.

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