Lightweight handcrafted hybrid heavy on CFRP, aluminum


The XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle from Volkswagen has gone into limited production at the automaker's Osnabrück plant in Germany with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum dominating as materials of construction. The vehicles boasts fuel consumption of just 0.9 l/100 km (approx. 261 mpg US).

The XL1's low weight (795 kg), aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and low center of gravity (1,153 mm high) gives it the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h (61 mph) using just 6.2 kW (8.3 hp) of power. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of more than one kilometer. The car can cover a distance of up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode.
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