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314mpg Volkswagen XL1 confirmed
Volkswagen confirms 314mpg XL1 hybrid for production
Uses 0.8-litre two-cylinder diesel hybrid engine
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The ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 has been confirmed for production, and will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
The XL1 uses a plug-in diesel hybrid system that means it can do as much as 314mpg and travel 31 miles on electric power alone. The official CO2 figure is just 21g/km.
These figures come thanks to a 47bhp 0.8-litre, two-cylinder diesel engine, which is combined with a 27bhp electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery. The power is sent to the wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox, and VW even says that the XL1 is capable of a 0-62mph time of 12.7 seconds and a top speed of 98mph.
The XL1 can be charged from a standard household mains socket, but also uses energy-regeneration technology to boost the battery, with the electric motor working as a generator when the car brakes. The battery is used to boost the diesel engine, but can also power the car on its own.
The XL1 is also the most aerodynamic car ever made, with a Cd figure of 0.189. It is also incredibly light, with an overall weight of just 795kg.