VW XL1 Plug In Hybrid Comes To New York

Volkswagen recently debuted its extremely fuel efficient XL1 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The prototype vehicle is part of the automaker’s goal of reaching 1 litre per 100 kilometers in a vehicle, hoping to push just how far a car can travel while still being practical enough for mass-production in a competitive consumer market.

The XL1 is the third-generation of Volkswagen’s fuel efficient project, and claims to achieve a fuel economy of an astonishing 261 miles per gallon, not quite meeting the goal of 1 liter (approximately. 0.26 gallons) per 100 kilometers (roughly 62 miles), but impressive none-the-less.

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The seven speed plug-in hybrid is propelled by a two cylinder, 47 horsepower, turbocharged direct engine, combined with a 27 horsepower, 20 kW electric motor. Electronically limited to a top speed of 99 miles per hour, the vehicle isn’t meant to be a sports car, clocking in around 11 seconds at 0 to 60 miles per hour.

Volkswagen’s new prototype is extremely light, weighing only 1,752 pounds, and partially powered by a lithium-ion battery, can travel up to 22 miles in all-electric mode. The automaker recently said it has plans to bring it to market, perhaps by 2013.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

    • Adakin

      47hp from the two cylinder TDI diesel and 27hp from the electric motor?u00a0 Wow, my first VW had a TOTAL of 36hp in that little 1300cc VW Bug.u00a0u00a0 And it ONLY got 35mpg.u00a0u00a0At 250+mpgu00a0If they bring this baby to the U.S. I’ll be standing in line to get one.