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Futuristic Volkswagen Hybrid Travels 261 Miles To The Gallon

The German car manufacturer produces the world's most fuel efficient car, the XL1

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on February 25, 2013. @emptyofpocket

If Robert Zemeckis were making the Back To the Future films now, he would use the Volkswagen XL1 for Doc’s time machine. Like the 80s DeLorean, this car is what we imagine cars of the future to look like, except the XL1 acts like a car of the future too. It is silver, aerodynamic with gull-wings, camera-based mirrors, but most impressively, it burns less than one liter of fuel for every 100 km (261mpg).

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Using a plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can travel 50km from just battery power, meaning there is zero fuel emission for that distance. To create the winning combination of fuel-efficiency and aerodynamics, the car had to be built incredibly light, so it only weighs in at 1,752 lbs., about half of a typical American midsize sedan.

The XL1 was presented as a concept car by the company several years ago, so it was a surprise to many that it is actually going into production, but it will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks time.

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There has been no information on the price of the car or how many will be released, but currently VW has permission to produce 1,000, so it is safe to assume that hey will not come cheap. No word yet on what happens when you reach 88mph.

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