What a headline, Volkswagen’s 240 mpg car! Those who want extreme fuel economy have the L1 Concept to look forward to within three years. Keep reading for the exciting details on the vehicle also known as the one-liter car.
Yes, it is true, the new automobile was just revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 in Germany. As its name implies, it requires only one liter of fuel (roughly one quarter of a gallon) to travel 100 kilometers or 62 miles. Multiply that figure by four and for U.S. consumers that means fuel economy just got redefined; 240 miles per gallon! The new L1 Concept is reportedly close to production and in development by 2010.
According to The Telegraph, the Volkswagen car has a tandem seat design and weighs a mere 840 pounds.
The light weight and the remarkable fuel economy are achieved through the innovative use of lighter materials including carbon fiber, and a one half of a 1.6-litre TDI engine in a hybrid installation. The publication further reports the car achieves a top speed of 99mph, with 0-62mph acceleration in 14.3sec.
The Car Connection has additional specs (and pictures) of the car; among them, a driving range of 416 miles which the publication notes is farther, comparatively, than of an electric-only or plug-in electric vehicle. Not surprisingly, there is very little cargo space in the L1; 1.8 cubic feet.
Readers, what do you think of the L1 Concept, Volkswagen’s 240 mpg car? Will you buy it when it is available?