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Volkswagen Unveils 313 MPG XL1 Car at 2011 Qatar Motor Show

Posted By Timon Singh On January 26, 2011 @ 10:20 am In automotive,Green Transportation | No Comments

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Volkswagen [1] just unveiled a new car at the Qatar Motor Show [2] that gets an astounding 100km for less than a lieter of diesel fuel – that’s the equivalent of 313 miles per gallon! The green car is an upgraded version of the VW L1 vehicle [3] and it features an ultra-efficient diesel engine in addition to an electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery [4].

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The concept car’s two-cylinder diesel engine is capable of working in two modes: eco and sport. While in the eco mode, the car’s engine will run at 27 hp/4,000 rpm, however in the sport mode this figure increases to 39 hp. While in this mode, the car will be able to reach a top speed of about 160 km/h, or 99 miles per hour.

The VW is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastics [5], which saves on metal and makes the car incredibly light, aiding its reduced fuel consumption. Fully fueled, the VW weighs only 380kg (838 pounds).

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While the car’s fuel efficiency is certainly impressive, it is actually not the first time that Volkswagen have released such a car – they also unveiled an ultra-efficient auto at the 2008 Frankfurt Motor Show [6]. However the L1 actually had an average fuel consumption of 1.38 l/100km. The new XL1 concept car is slated to enter production in 2013 and is expected to cost approximately $29,500.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Although not a completely clean transportation solution, hyper-miling vehicles feature lightweight bodies and ultra-efficient engines that are able to run on a single gallon of gas for great distances while producing much less emissions.

+ Volkswagen [1]


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[1] Volkswagen: http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/volkswagen-world/futures/l1concept

[2] Qatar Motor Show: http://www.qatarmotorshow.gov.qa

[3] VW L1 vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/transportation-tuesday-vws-235mpg-concept-coming-soon/

[4] lithium-ion battery: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2Fsilicon-nanopores-could-increase-lithium-ion-battery-capacity-by-10x%2F&rct=j&q=inhabitat%20lithium%20ion%20battery&ei=OjE_Ta3KBcmDhQeP9vGKCg&usg=AFQjCNH6Ozv1V3DppoeW5ThY4gPgziNB2w&sig2=9SpVd-R7esvemTs3q5z-3g&cad=rja

[5] carbon fibre-reinforced plastics: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCkQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCarbon_fiber-reinforced_polymer&rct=j&q=inhabitat%20carbon%20fibre%20reinforced%20plastic&ei=bTE_TfWcDYezhAfD27TJCg&usg=AFQjCNGT-9Ha26h4X0X5HF2JHRGatSQOBg&sig2=6JtBga23qlvSkBHpdSHRFw&cad=rja

[6] 2008 Frankfurt Motor Show: http://inhabitat.comen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Motor_Show

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