Volkswagen Delivers First XL1 Plug-In Hybrid


Volkswagen is proud to announce that it officially delivered the first XL1 plug-in hybrid to a customer in Berlin:

“Dr. Christian Malorny (left) took over his Volkswagen XL1 by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany Volkswagen Passenger Cars.”

“The first XL1 was delivered in the exterior color Oryxweiß pearl effect with titan black and pearl gray interior.”

Upon taking delivery, Dr. Malorny stated:

“The XL1 has inspired me from the beginning and I am very pleased to now be driving my own. With its visionary design and high-tech appearance, Volkswagen has dared something new and innovative.”

Of the XL1, VW states:

“With an average fuel consumption of 0.9 l / 100 km, the XL1 is the most economical series-production car in the world. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can be driven purely electrically, and thus free of local emissions over a distance of up to 50 kilometers. From design layout to follow the XL1 as automotive protagonist of the pure sports car theory: minimum weight of CFRP monocoque and outer skin (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and extremely low center of gravity (1.153 mm height). Therefore, the efficient Volkswagen range 6.2 kW / 8.4 hp to slide at a constant speed of 100 km / h above the plane. In electric mode, the Volkswagen content with less than 0.1 kWh for more than a kilometer route.”

“XL1: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 0.9 (combined); Electricity consumption in kWh per 100 km: 7.2 (combined) CO2 emissions in g / km: 21 (combined), Efficiency: A +”

The VW XL1 will not be offered in the US due to homologation issues.

Some additional XL1 specs include:

  • slightly askew 2 person seating
  • top speed of 98 mph
  • 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds
  • NEDC rating of 261 mpg
  • 0.8 liter two-cylinder TDI diesel engine that puts out 47 hp
  • 31 miles of electric range
  • 20kW electric motor
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

As for availability and pricing, the limited production (250 units in total) XL1 is “priced at approximately $145,000,” according to Volkswagen.

VW XL1 in Geneva

VW XL1 in Geneva

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World’s dumbest battery placement… Offset seating to make room for a dorm room sized fridge of a battery pack, is retarded.

Great car, this Xl1! I think in the auto show, they said it costs nearly $250k. Glad to see this baby sell for much lower.

Sky is the limit to what humans can achieve! 260 mpg will solve all CO2 and oil productoin issues.

Ever see the original L1 prototype? This XL1 is bloat-tastic by comparison.

See Through, you certainly are one entertaining guy, I was just going to write that if I was a VW CEO I would be embarrassed to be selling this for over $140K if there is a 10x better all electric car available already at half the price and then I see your praise of the XL1. Good stuff…

I had to look it up….


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Homologation is a technical term, derived from the Greek homologeo (ὁμολογέω) for “to agree”, which is generally used in English to signify the granting of approval by an official authority. This may be a court of law, a government department, or an academic or professional body, any of which would normally work from a set of strict rules or standards to determine whether such approval should be given. The word may be considered very roughly synonymous with accreditation, and in fact in French and Spanish[1] may be used with regard to academic degrees (see apostille). Certification is another possible synonym, while to homologate is the infinitive verb form.

In today’s marketplace, for instance, products must often be homologated by some public agency to assure that they meet standards for such things as safety and environmental impact. A court action may also sometimes be homologated by a judicial authority before it can proceed, and the term has a precise legal meaning in the judicial codes of some countries.

The equivalent process of testing and certification for conformance to technical standards is usually known as Type Approval in English-language jurisdictions.

First….and last.

7.2KWh per 60 miles driven. 7.2KWh goes into a gallon of gas 4.68 times (33.7KWh) so 280MPGe if you never use the engine? That is highly doubtful in the real world. Maybe 180MPGe.
European testing standards..
261MPG with engine only? Or are those figures combined together somehow.

The real world MPG is much lower. If you never plug it in it’ll get maybe 120MPG, probably a bit less.

A greencarreports article says that if you never plug it in it is rated at 138MPG, european testing which includes european gallons, which are 20% larger than USA gallons, and also the more lenient testing. So yeah less than 120MPG most likely in the real world.
5.5KWh battery pack and can go 30 miles per charge. 5.5 KWh goes into 33.7KWh (a gallon of gas)6.12 times, so 183MPGe, European testing, NOT 261MPG.

So 183MPGe all-electric european testing.
138MPG all diesel european testing.

Maybe 160MPGe real world, 100MPG on diesel only?

The Lit Motors C-1 sure sound like a better deal to me. Should be out next year. Gryo self-stabilizing 2 wheeled car, fully electric, all wheel drive.