In a recent interview with Autoblog Green, Volkswagen announced that its most fuel-efficient car, the XL1 will be available only as a lease. The German manufacturer plans to produce 50 cars and if there is demand it will build additional units. For those who don’t know, the Volkswagen XL1 is powered by a 800cc TDI engine delivering 48 hp (35 kW), but also carries an electric motor with 27 hp (20 kW).
The diesel engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), while the energy developed by the electric motor is stored in the lithium-ion battery. According to the official data, the XL1 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km/h or 100 mph.
Thanks to the hybrid system the XL1 has a fuel consumption of just 0.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and is able to cruise on the road at a constant speed of just 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW of 8.4 hp. In the all-electric mode, the XL1 needs less than 0.1 kW to cover a driving distance of 1 km.
Volkswagen says that the XL1 has a weight of 795 kg, perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity as it is only 1.153 mm high. In the electric mode, the XL1 has a maximum range of 50 km, which means it can be used also as an electric car only for short distances.