The German automaker has just revealed photos and details with the Volkswagen XL1 which is a concept that is going to be unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show tomorrow.
The Volkswagen XL1 Concept is part of the automaker’s 1-litre car strategy, and under its futuristic looking, aerodynamic body, the powertrain is composed from a plug-in hybrid system which includes a two cylinder TDI engine rated at 48 PS (35 kW), an electric motor developing an additional 27 PS (20 kW) and a lithium-ion battery.
The Volkswagen XL1 uses a 7-speed dual clutch transmission to spin the wheels, and in terms of consumption thinks get really impressive, as this concept can cover 100 Km on just 0.9 litres of fuel. CO2 emissions are also extremely low, at just 24 grams per Km.
For distances up to 35 Km, the Volkswagen XL1 can be driven in pure electric mode, while its battery can be recharged at a regular household electric outlet.
For more details regarding the Volkswagen XL1 check out the official press release below.
Volkswagen press release :
Vision becomes reality – Volkswagen’s “Formula XL1”:
Volkswagen XL1 prototype consumes just 0.9 l/100 km!
XL1’s world debut at the Qatar Motor Show (26 – 29 January)
Two-seat XL1 brings vision of the 1-litre car close to production maturity
Wolfsburg / Doha, 25 January 2011 – Future mobility is one of the most stimulating topics of our time. The key question here: Just how much could the energy consumption of cars be reduced if all the stops were pulled out for efficiency? There is now an answer to this question, and Volkswagen is delivering it in the form of the new XL1. Combined fuel consumption: 0.9 l/100 km. No other hybrid car powered by an electric motor / internal combustion engine combination is more fuel efficient. The prototype will be unveiled in a world debut at the Qatar Motor Show (26 – 29 January).
To the point
Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-litre car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to the market a production car that was practical for everyday use with a fuel consumption of 1.0 litre per 100 km. In the new XL1, Volkswagen is demonstrating that this goal is now within reach.
The new Volkswagen XL1 attains a CO2 emissions value of 24 g/km, thanks to a combination of lightweight construction (monocoque and add-on parts made of carbon fibre), very low aerodynamic drag (Cd 0.186) and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. The results: with fuel consumption of 0.9 l/100 km, the new Volkswagen XL1 only emits 24 g/km CO2. Since it is designed as a plug-in hybrid, the XL1 prototype can also be driven for up to 35 kilometres in pure electric mode, i.e. with zero emissions at point of use. The battery can be charged from a conventional household electric outlet. Naturally, battery regeneration is also employed to recover energy while slowing down and store as much of it as possible in the battery for re-use. In this case, the electric motor acts as an electric generator.
Despite the very high levels of efficiency, developers were able to design a body layout that offers greater everyday practicality, incorporating side by side seating rather than the tandem arrangement seen in both the first 1-litre car presented in 2002 and the L1 presented in 2009. In the new XL1, wing doors make it easier to enter and exit the car. Further progress has been made by manufacturing body parts from carbon fibre reinforced polymer parts (CFRP), a technique used in Formula 1 car construction. Once again, Volkswagen has successfully achieved significant reductions in production costs– an important step forward to make viable a limited production run of the XL1. Background: together with suppliers, Volkswagen has developed and patented a new system for CFRP production in what is known as the aRTM process (advanced Resin Transfer Moulding).Source: Volkswagen