Volkswagen has confirmed that its XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle will go into production at the company's Osnabrueck factory in Germany.
Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can also cover a distance of up to 50km in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions. VW says it boasts a fuel consumption value of 0.9 litres per 100km.
The XL1 has a low weight (795kg), top aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1153mm high). This gives the efficient Volkswagen the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100km/h using just 6.2kW. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometre.
The plug-in hybrid system — consisting of an 800cc two-cylinder TDI engine (35kW), E-motor (20kW), seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery — all make it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21g/km of CO2. If necessary, the XL1, with a top speed of 160km/h, can accelerate to 100km/h in just 12.7 seconds.