The XL1′s unique design is based on three simple design principles: light weight, aerodynamics, and a low center of gravity. It weighs in at just 1,752 pounds and measures 153.3 inches long, 65.5 inches wide, and just 45.4 inches tall. The vehicle uses a hybrid system that combines the power of a 47 horsepower electric motor with a lithium-ion battery and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. During normal operation, the XL1 emits only 21 g/km of CO2.
Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office at Volkswagen, made it clear that the XL1 represents the direction the company wants to take in the future when it comes to new vehicles, saying, “The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue.’ Volkswagen is proud to debut this ultra-fuel-efficient vehicle before the Society of Environmental Journalists, a group that shares in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”