at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen XL1 Concept Car is touted
as world's most efficient future production car. With an estimated
260 mileage per gallon, the hybrid car is branded as Volkswagen's
Super Efficient Vehicle.
XL1 concept car is powered by a compact 800 cc TDI diesel engine,
comprising two-cylinders and electric motor, producing 74 hp.
The TDI engine connects the electric motor and seven-speed direct
shift gearbox, which helps transmit power to the rear wheels.
The TDI engine
can either work in tandem or independently. The vehicle can run
for 35 km on electric power once it is fully charged. The lithium-ion
battery can be recharged at a standard household power outlet.
Depending upon the charge left, the battery can take you a few
extra miles when if run out of fuel.
plug-in hybrid drive system and pioneering construction techniques
have contributed to making the Volkswagen XL1 concept car the
most efficient concept car that I personally am chomping at the
bit for it to turn into a production vehicle.
concept car weighs only 1,753 pounds or 795 kg and can run at
a maximum speed of 99 mph. An extension of the previous 1-Litre
car and the L1 concept, the Volkswagen XL1 concept car is made
from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), with just 23.2% iron
fiber body along with CFRP parts and lightweight materials, such
as ceramics for brake discs, magnesium for wheels, and aluminum
for steering system, dampers, and brake calipers make this Volkswagen
XL1 Concept extremely lightweight. Assembled using advanced Resin
Transfer Moulding, Volkswagen XL1 Concept Car's space age exterior
layout is unique with a streamlined design and hyper-aerodynamic
doors hinging on the A-pillar, gull-wing doors, bucket seats make
it more stylish. Unlike the previous versions of tandem seating,
its interior layout uses a staggered side-by-side seating arrangement,
ensuring that driver and passenger are placed next to each other.
Its overall length and width are akin to the Polo and height to
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.
The VW XL1
can achieve a fuel economy of 0.9 liters every 100 kilometers
at a top speed of 158 km/h. The Volkswagen XL1 is the company's
latest innovation in the field of low-emission high-efficiency
cars and it can be easily considered as an eco-superstar. Its
overall carbon dioxide emission is low, being only 24 grams per
kilometer. This emission figure is better than the best low CO2
models available in the market today, which produce CO2 emissions
within a range of 80-100 grams per kilometer.
The VW XL1's
LED lighting assures bright illumination, besides promoting energy
conservation. With fully functional controls and door-mounted
LCD screens replacing side mirrors and showing video camera images,
the Volkswagen XL Concept Car is a blend of comfort and refinement
and simple in composure. Its aerodynamic appearance and properties,
new headlamps with LED technology, typical radiator grille, electrically
controlled air intakes, and fully covered rear wheels enable traveling
car will no longer remain a concept and hit the production lines
by 2013. Though the first production batch of Volkswagen XL Concept
Car will produce 100 "affordably" priced vehicles, it
would be initially available in Germany, followed by the United
States and China.