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Would you rather drive an electric car (as they exist today) or a hyper mileage-capable car that should be available today?
I bring to your attention the Volkswagen XL1. A car I never heard of until a few days ago. A Diesel Electric hybrid car capable of 280 MPG. 10 Years ago! This genius little car is powered by a 2-cylinder 0.8L (49 Cubic Inches!) diesel engine, generating less than 50 HP. The lightweight car weighs under 800 KG (1,800 lbs-ish). So, 0-to-60 time is about 12 seconds, which may get you shot in some cities, but it gets there and is drivable at freeway speeds.
So what do you think? Apply this technology to a more normal, 4-seat, 5-door hatchback kinda thing… Maybe bulk it up a few pounds, add a bit of horsepower… Make it biodiesel compatible… maybe get around 200 MPG?
The one off-hand comment in the video that really sparked my interest, was that as a result of Volkswagen’s Dirty Diesel Scandal. This project got killed, and Volkswagen switched its research focus to electric cars… That really got my conspiracy theorist juices flowing!Published in