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Volkswagen Diesel-Electric Gets 261 MPG

Nearly a decade ago, Volkswagen chairman Dr. Ferdinand Piëch challenged his team to build a car capable of obtaining over 230 miles per gallon. Since then Volkswagen has continued to push hybrid engineering beyond its limits.

laiming it to be the most fuel-efficient hybrid ever, Volkswagen's new XL1 reportedly gets a jaw-dropping 261 mpg. Automakers around the world have been racing to create the most practical and efficient vehicles due to the state of the fuel economy.

“When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch formulated the visionary goal of bringing to the market a production car that was practical for everyday use with a fuel consumption of 1.0 liter per 100 km,” Volkwagen said in a statement. “In the new XL1, Volkswagen is demonstrating that this goal is now within reach.”

The XL1's diesel-electric combination features a 0.8 liters 2-cyclinder TDI engine producing 48 horsepower and 88 lbs/ft of torque along with a 20-kilowatt electric motor that produces 27 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid's electric motor draws its power from a lithuim-ion battery and can go 35 kilometers or 21 miles on electricity alone.

Volkswagen's diesel-electric combination pushes it's 1,700-pound XL1 to the limit at an incredible 261 miles per gallon. In addition, the hybrid's emissions are only 24 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Volkswagen says the XL1 will do 0 to 60 in an impressive 11.9 seconds with a limited top speed of 100 mph. Along with the impressive drivetrain, the car features a sporty futuristic look and side-by-side seating, making the practicality of the vehicle much more appealing.

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