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.

I know this is only a concept car (and we've seen a lot of those in the past that never made it onto the streets). In my mind though this is a complete killer for the Chevy Volt. What do you think?

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Comment by Eugene on September 16, 2009 at 10:49am
I'm loving that lots of people are coming up with great concepts for greener vehicles. The future looks bright.

My only concern with such a light car, is the safety...
Comment by Mark Huckabee on September 16, 2009 at 9:20am
I hope so too Sam.

I saw some info on the Volt yesterday that really saddened me. They expect it to cost $35,000 after a $7,500 gov't rebate AND they still expect to lose money on every unit sold at that price. GM doesn't expect to turn a profit on it until enough units go out that mass production can lower their overall cost. With competition like this baby though I don't think that will ever happen.
Comment by sAm on September 16, 2009 at 9:15am
Awesome car, love the 2 seater configuration. I'd like to see if that configuration stays with the ultimate production car, kinda like the McLaren.

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