At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen is displaying their new L1 diesel - electric hybrid that in testing has gotten 170 miles per gallon. This astounding achievement is made possible by the use of lightweight composite parts and extreme care with the aerodynamics.
The car seats two people in a one-behind-the-other configuration. It weighs only 800 lbs and sits 45 inches high. It uses a two-cylinder rail-injected TDI motor and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox along with a 10 kW / 14 PS electric motor. The combination not only delivers an incredibly low fuel consumption but it only emits 36 g/km of C02.
Volkswagen expects to have the L1 on the streets by 2013. More detailed information is available here.
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