Volkswagen has always been known for its developments in the automotive industry but one of its products that really catapulted its image in the recent past is Volkswagen XL1. You must have heard about the XL1, which is the most fuel efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, and recently it made its official US debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Being the world’s most fuel efficient production car it ought to have the best mileage figure, and yes it does. The XL1 offers a European combined fuel consumption stand at a staggering 261 mpg and can cover up to 32 miles with zero emissions on all-electric mode.
“The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’,” said Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “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.”
The aerodynamics of the XL1 are superb, thanks to the sports car design principles that Volkswagen have adopted. The car weighs just 1753 pounds and has a drag coefficient of 0.19 which helps the car cruise at a constant 62 mph while using as low as 8.4 PS. When running on batteries alone, the car requires 0.1 kW to travel more than a kilometer.
With such less amount of power being used, the XL1 emits just 21 g/km of CO2 and the credit is to be given to its lightweight design and aerodynamic efficiency. The plug-in hybrid’s powertrain consists of a 35 kW two cylinder RDI diesel engine and a 27 bhp electric motor. The power is transferred to the wheels via a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. The XL1 can achieve a top speed of 99 mph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.
While vehicles of XL1’s category are not meant to offer everyday utility, Volkswagen engineers and designers successfully came up with a body design that made the XL1 more of an everyday car. Compared to the previous prototypes where the driver and passenger sat in a not so convenient arrangement, the XL1 offers a more conventional side-by-side seating arrangement.
In Volkswagen’s words, the XL1 is a car of the future built for today.