Geneva: Volkswagen To Build 250 Of Their Uber Efficient XL1 Diesel Plug-Ins

4 years ago by Jay Cole 2

The VW XL1 Makes Its Debut In Geneva

The VW XL1 Makes Its Debut In Geneva

Two weeks ago we heard that Volkswagen will put the “supercar of plug-in hybrids,” the XL1 into production.  A car that can achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 261 MPG*, at a cost of close to $100,000.

Three XL1s Built...247 To Go!

Five XL1s Built…245 To Go!

Now we know how many of the ultra-green, ultra-cool extended range hybrids will be built.  Apparently, just 250 according to Jalopnik.  That is, at least to get started;  if the demand is there, VW will build more.

As a refresher on what an estimated $80,000 to $95,000 gets you these days…besides exclusivity:

  • all electric range of 31 miles
  • slightly askew 2 person seating
  • an aerodynamic Cd rating of just 0.18
  • vehicle weight of  1,753 pounds.
  • top speed of 98 mph
  • 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds
  • scissor doors
Another 260 Miles In The Books; Another Gallon Of Diesel

Another 260 Miles In The Books; Another Gallon Of Diesel

To be fair that 31 mile range and 261 MPG rating we think will be given a sizeable haircut by the EPA’s much tougher rating system.   We estimate about 25 miles/175 MPGe for anyone lucky (or deep pocketed) enough to acquire one.

The XL1 utilizes a plug-in hybrid power-train of a .8L two-cylinder TDI diesel engine that puts out 47hp, and a 20kW electric motor, good for 27HP via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the body is made up of mostly of carbon fiber reinforced polymers, along with polycarbonate windows.

What you don’t get is a back window…or any grief from your neighbour about how green his extended range plug-in is.

XL1 Photo Gallery:  (double click)

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2 responses to "Geneva: Volkswagen To Build 250 Of Their Uber Efficient XL1 Diesel Plug-Ins"

  1. Future Leaf Driver says:

    Doesn’t the Volt get 37 miles for the half price?

    Wow VW planning om selling a whole 250 units.

    I guess they’ll be on the monthly sales report for only a month or two? 😉

  2. Warren says:

    I think the message they want to send is that real efficiency is just too expensive, so don’t ask.

    Makes Edison2’s job easier. If they can do limited production for half that, they will look like geniuses. 🙂

    http://www.edison2.com/