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Volkswagen XL1: ‘World’s most efficient car’ makes its US debut

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Posted October 8, 2013
Volkswagen XL1
VW’s XL1 hybrid car made its official debut in the United States this past week at this year’s Annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Chattanooga Tennessee—home of one of VW’s hi-tech manufacturing plants. The vehicle has been dubbed by various media outlets as the “world’s most efficient car.” Testing has shown the vehicle to have a fuel consumption rate of 261mpg European-200mpg US. VW reports that the car is able to travel 32 miles when driven in all-electric mode.

The car has a sleek, aerodynamic look—the back wheels are covered and mirrors on the doors are digital cameras instead of the wind grabbing old-school variety—the body is also tapered. The XL1 is the latest entry by VW to make vehicles it calls 1-liter cars—those that consume just one liter of fuel when traveling 100 kilometers. The XL1 is considered a limited edition vehicle

that VW is making to test demand. To achieve such high efficiency, VW has followed three main ideas: making cars that are light, aerodynamic and that have a low center of gravity. To that end, the car is made light (it weighs just 1,753 pounds) by using carbon fiber polymers, magnesium, ceramics and aluminum in its various parts. It’s small as well, measuring just 153.1 inches in length, and 65.6 inches across and 45.5 inches from ground to roof.

 

Read more at: Phys.org

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