Dreaming about a car that can give you 300 MPG? Well it is possible. You probably won’t be able to find this particular model from Volkswagen in US yet but it’s considered the most fuel efficient car in the world!
Volkswagen XL1 has futuristic design, weights around 1700 pounds, uses diesel fuel but also has the capability to be all electric vehicle but only for about 40 miles.
This sexy looking beast can reach 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds. It should be noted that the magic number of 300 mpg can be achieved only under perfect conditions (driving straight with reasonable speeds and no stops). Its combined mileage is usually a little over 200 mpg, and even with worst driving conditions it’s still around 180 mpg. Who wouldn’t be happy with that?
If the XL1 had a regular 15 gallon fuel tank, you would have to go to the gas station once in a few month, and that’s if you drive every day! But it comes with a much smaller fuel tank, 2.6 gallons to be exact. With such high fuel economy, a bigger storage tank could lead to problems associated with aging fuel.
To get rid of the possible confusion with miles and kilometers (gallons and litres), XL1 is rated to deliver 100 kilometers per litre or approximately 65 miles per quart.
When Is XL1 Coming To America?
Good question! There have been a lot of buzz and rumors around this car. Some said it’s even banned from American roads! This unique car is almost hand-made and right now is only available in Europe.
Even if XL1 was an option in US, it would be faced with many regulatory hurdles. Let’s start with 3 main reasons.
- No rear window
Yes, this sleek roof has no rear window. Rear view can be seen via 2 cameras in tiny pods just where the usual mirrors would be.
- No mirrors
Its sleek sides aren’t even interrupted by mirrors. Inside, each door has a view screen that helps the driver see what’s beside and behind.
- Just one airbag
Even though it is a 2-seater, it has just one airbag in the steering wheel.
So you can see why this car is wouldn’t be allowed in US.
But what about the whole banned because of it’s too efficient theory? Could there be any truth behind such possibility? Maybe. We do know that its far less efficient non-hybrid full size station wagon counterpart – the Jetta TDI blue motion wagon, that gets about 85 mpg and made in America, is banned from American roads.
Why would they such a thing?
One of the reasons given is that these cars “do not meet American crash test standards”. But some sources say that they never even tested it!
Either way, this does look like a great car. I guess you can always move to Europe for a bit and enjoy this sexy beast 🙂