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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG 353

Posted by Soulskill
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coolnumbr12 writes "The Volkswagen XL1 averages an amazing 262 mpg, and although it may never hit streets in the United States, the technology behind the car could impact future Volkswagen vehicles. The keys to the incredible mileage in the Volkswagen XL1 were reducing the weight of the vehicle and eliminating wind resistance. The XL1 only weighs 1,753 pounds — that's more than a thousand pounds lighter than the Toyota Prius, which weighs in at 2,921 pounds. The wheels on the Volkswagen XL1 are as thin as road bike's and wrapped in custom Michelin rubber. The XL1 chassis is a single piece of molded carbon-fiber, and has a drag coefficient of only 0.189 – similar to a bumblebee."
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

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  • by BroadbandBradley (237267) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @06:11PM (#44231999) Homepage

    We have very safe cars but they're also very heavy as a result. Granted gains can be made with expensive and exotic materials, but how about CHEAP and LIGHT cars that could be had for just a few grand, and get 80-100MPG? before you think no-one would want to drive something without airbags and side impact beams and crush zones, what about motorbikes? I really think it would be a big hit with consumers who don't wish to be exposed to the elements or have to balance a motorcycle, but would opt for BASIC transportation with a 500cc motor, 3 or 4 wheels, and enclosed cab. Current safety standards for 4 wheeled vehicles make basic and light car not an option.

  • Metric Units. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @06:11PM (#44232001)

    Why are the USA still not using them?

  • by CAIMLAS (41445) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @06:46PM (#44232313) Homepage

    If the goal here is to 'save money' or 'save resources' by having a high MPG/k/L, I don't really get the point of these 'ultra safe' cars.

    I'm sorry, but I've seen dozens of what would've been considered 'minor fender benders' even 10 years ago result in the vehicles being irreparably totaled. I've personally been hit twice where the other late-model vehicle was put on a flatbed and (likely) scrapped: in both instances, I barely even noticed the impact in my 1980s-vintage vehicle, I had -maybe- $250 in total body damage each time, and nobody was hurt. These modern cars, to the exception of full size trucks, seem to lose pieces if they hit so much as a slightly sticky traffic cone. Considering the cost and resources that go into making them, and how easily they're totalled, I can't see this as a win for anyone but the automotive makers and insurers (through larger premiums).

  • Re:Metric Units. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dcnjoe60 (682885) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @07:16PM (#44232619)

    Why are the USA still not using them?

    Because Jimmy Carter only served one term and Ronald Regan didn't like the metric system.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @11:21PM (#44234247)

    In 1966, VW [1966vwbeetle.com] built a car with a curb weight of 1672 pounds. They did it with inexpensive steel, not expensive carbon fiber. Perhaps they should review herr Doktor Porsche's designs, so they can remember how it's done!

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