Volkswagen's car of the future: XL1
|   Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The plug in hybrid VW XL1 is probably one of the most innovative projects hosted and promoted by Volkswagen. As today's unstoppable trend is to create very fuel efficient cars by designing the most intelligent systems and technologies, we have been expecting Volkswagen to come up with something.
It seems that the main supporter of this project has been the CEO Martin Winterkorn as his ideology is to keep the automaker as up to date as possible and, of course, on a leading position.


Anyone interested in hybrid vehicles has probably already heard about Volkswagen XL1 as it's ambitious goal is to travel up to 100 kilometers consuming just 0.9 liters of fuel. Now that seems quite unbelievable but VW says it's possible as the overall vehicle is very light and all of the other features, such as powertrain, aerodynamics, battery technology and electronics have been customized in such a way as to diminish fuel consumption.

As the vehicle is quite small and light, it features a small engine too, as there wasn't any need for something bigger. Designed to decrease the air resistance, the new vehicle uses a 48 hp turbodiesel with two cylinders and a displacement of 0.8 reinforced by a 27 hp electric engine, whenever needed.
The electric source of this model is 5.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery and the amazing this is that it can be charged at any household outlet. This powertrain is actually a plug-in hybrid which is called by Winterkorn "the clear No.1".

The project has now got into a development stage has the company has recently declared that the first 250 pieces of this model will be produced.
As compared with other vehicles in the same range, VW XL1's size is between Lamborghini Aventador and Gallardo, both of them sports cars.
The very smart car is a suitable option for those who commute and use the car on a daily basis. Martin Winterkorn reassures the potential customers that the vehicle, although small and quite light, is a tenacious car which is able to travel up to 50 kilometers only on electrical power.

As if it wasn't green enough with all the specifications that were disclosed so far, we have been acknowledged that the VW XL1 will only emit 21 grams per kilometer.

It was also disclosed that the boxy design has been rejected by the company from the very start. One good reason that was mentioned is the fact that in order to achieve stability and deliver best speed result, the vehicle has to be a bit wider. So the solution that was found is innovative as well – the vehicle becomes narrow towards the back. This design makes it look like a dolphin, which was actually the intention as to resist the air flow.

Volkswagen has lately taken into consideration designing the same type of vehicles for Porsche Panamera and Audi A3. So, we'll just wait and see what incredible features will also be possible in hybrid type variant.
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