Volkswagen will debut XL1 hybrid at March auto show

Feb 24, 2013 by Nancy Owano report

(Phys.org)—Volkswagen will debut its XL1 two-seater, plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Publicity and blog previews are pointing to the car's considerable design and technical features. The company views its XL1 as a significant standout. Volkswagen is emphasizing that the car represents a first in fuel economy. The car's 261 miles per gallon combined fuel consumption is touted as a real achievement.

Volkswagen said the XL1 will be the most fuel-efficient production vehicle in the world. The sets a record, as the 261 mpg figure has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, according to the company. According to the company, the XL1 emits 21 g/km of CO2; the two-seat vehicle can cover up to 32 miles as a "zero-emissions vehicle" in an all-electric mode.

Measurements for the XL1 are 153.1 inches long, 65.6 in wide, and 45.4 high. The XL1's total weight is 1,753 pounds, and several auto sites consider this figure impressive given the added weight of a and electric motor. The car has a futurist design; features include enclosed rear wheels, butterfly doors, and camera-based rearview mirrors integrated into the door panels.

Volkswagen used special for the vehicle's construction, producing parts of the XL1 in light but strong reinforced polymer (CFRP). Power for the XL1 is provided by a system with details as follows: A two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery, The car has a top speed of 99 mph.

There is no official word on pricing; analysts' estimates run from 30,000 to 50,000 euros. As for production plans, Volkswagen intends to carry out a small production series; the XL1 is to be produced at the company's Osnabrück plant in Germany. The process for the XL1 is described as "automotive handcrafting,"

In announcing the XL1, Volkswagen said that "When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to market a production car that was practical in everyday use with of one liter per 100 km. In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality."

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Shootist
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2013
Wolkenkuckucksheim!
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2013
30000-50000 is still too rich for my blood. Drop it to 20000 and I'm sold.

The specs look exactly like what I need: 40-50km of electric range for the daily commute and adequate speed for the occasional long trip.
Eikka
1.1 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2013
At only 115 cm high, it will be dangerous in traffic because you're sitting so close to the ground that you can't see over anything. A simple mailbox will block your view of an intersection, and the police officer has to crouch down to give you a ticket because your window just about reaches him to the belt.

This is another example of how cars become useless as you try to force them to use less energy.
antialias_physorg
4.3 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2013
At only 115 cm high, it will be dangerous in traffic because you're sitting so close to the ground that you can't see over anything.

My current car (smart roadster) is just 119cm high. And I have never had the impression that this is dangerous in traffic (neither from the vantage point of being able to see nor from from the point of being seen) in all the ten year I've been driving it. It is no lower than the average sports car.

A simple mailbox will block your view of an intersection

It's funny how few mailboxes are at intersections. And also cars DO have the ability to move, you know?
If I ever encounter one of these phantom mailboxes, why I'll just stop a few centimeters earlier (or later) to get a good look at the intersection - imagine that! The sheer audacity of such lateral thinking!

and the police officer has to crouch down

Oh booh-ho - poor officer. That's gotta be the lamest arguement I ever heard.
Eikka
2 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2013
My current car (smart roadster) is just 119cm high. And I have never had the impression that this is dangerous in traffic (neither from the vantage point of being able to see nor from from the point of being seen) in all the ten year I've been driving it. It is no lower than the average sports car.


When the weather turns like this, I do experience troubles seeing out of low-riding cars:

http://rutheh.com...he-snow/

Have a meter of snow piled up on every corner and road island, and you'll understand the issue of seeing out of a car that's only 1.15 meters tall, and why nobody drives around in sportsters.
ormondotvos
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2013
Waiting for a 300mpg hybrid motorcycle.
Scottingham
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2013
that 2 cylinder tdi sounds ripe for a motorcycle
tkjtkj
5 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2013
30000-50000 is still too rich for my blood. Drop it to 20000 and I'm sold.


At 12,000mi/yr at 30mi/gal at $4/gal = $1600
Then, 12000 at 261mi/gal at $4 = $184
per yr ...
So, saving = $1416 per yr .., x's 10 yrs = $14,000 advantage for the VW ..
plus the liklihood of significantly less engine maintenance; However, the cost of electricity is not 'zero', either ..
In other words, yoiu might be right, cuz these figures prob come out to be not very much different , comparing a standard car with this one .. But the real diff is that you're only carrying around two people .. a potentially big inconvenience..
I also think that it must be very much less expensive to make that 2 cyl motor for the hybrid , and electric motors need much less maintenance .. Maybe when the 'economies of scale due to mass production' are realizable costs could very well move towards justifying a VW-like vehicle ..
Their estimate of $30k-50k does seem kind of 'wildly guessed' .. not a serious analysis..
Guy_Underbridge
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2013
115 cm high...police officer has to crouch down to give you a ticket because your window just about reaches him to the belt
Somebody ought to tel the Lamborghini designers this is such a major inconvenience. The Aventador is only 113.
praos
2.6 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2013
At only 115 cm high, it will be dangerous in traffic because you're sitting so close to the ground that you can't see over anything. A simple mailbox will block your view of an intersection, and the police officer has to crouch down to give you a ticket because your window just about reaches him to the belt.

This is another example of how cars become useless as you try to force them to use less energy.


Make it even lower, so that officer has to prostrate, and it will sell as hot tamale.
antialias_physorg
3 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2013
When the weather turns like this, I do experience troubles seeing out of low-riding cars:

Just today we had 10-15cm snow. The fun thing is: I'm much better off in my car than anyone else. The low center of gravity allows me to go at a pace that no other car could match (I refrain fom doing that excessively - others might think they can match me and end up skidding off the road). ABS, ASR and ESP systems are on board (though, in my opinion, as soon as these systems activate you're not doing a good job of being a conscientious driver)

I've been driving around with this little piece of junk in weather when the tow-cars(!) were lying in the ditches beside the road.

Have a meter of snow piled up on every corner and road island

Had that today. No problem whatsoever. (And no - people aren't stupid enough to pile up mounds of snow at the CORNERS/INTERSECTIONS of streets. This is germany. People have brains.)
antialias_physorg
3 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2013
Make it even lower, so that officer has to prostrate, and it will sell as hot tamale.

I could. There's people who have lowered that sucker by more than 4cm. But I'm in a car to drive from A to B with the least hassle and low fuel usage - not to trick it out.

It does occasionally get funny at drive-throughs, I have to admit.

Somebody ought to tel the Lamborghini designers this is such a major inconvenience. The Aventador is only 113.

I'm guessing it's more likely you'll get a (speeding) ticket in a Lamborghini than in a smart. But yeah. I can't see where 'police-officer-convenience' figures in car design.

But the real diff is that you're only carrying around two people .. a potentially big inconvenience..

Is it? Unless you have a family it isn't. And even then the overwhelming part of your rides are 1-2 person (work/shopping). My car has only 2 seats - never needed more in all the ten years I've had it. Carrying around empty seats just seems wasteful.
canuckit
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2013
I wonder how this car performs in cold weather on salted roads.

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