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Wirtschafts Woche: VW to make 250 XL1s, priced at $145,000 each

Germany’s Wirtschafts Woche reports that Volkswagen will produce 250 units of its ultra-efficient XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid (earlier post), and price them at €111,000 (US$145,000).

The lightweight XL1 (795 kg, 1,753 lbs) delivers NEDC fuel consumption of 261 mpg (0.9 l/100 km) with CO2 emissions of 21 g/km and an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) as well as a total range of 310 miles (499 km). The XL1 has a top speed (electronically controlled) of 160 km/h (99 mph); cruising at a constant 100 km/h the XL1 uses only 8.3 hp (6.2 kW). In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than 0.6 miles (one kilometer), based on the NEDC.

The XL1 is aggressively optimized for efficiency in all areas of its design and technology—from materials (carbon fiber reinforced polymer monocoque); to powertrain (0.8L two-cylinder diesel, 20 kW electric motor and 5.5 kWh Li-ion pack with efficiency-optimized control and brake regeneration strategies); to lightweighting (little baffling to shield the driver from engine, chassis and road noises); to aerodynamics.

Volkswagen has already produced 50 units at its plant in Osnabrück; the other 200 will be produced and delivered in spring 2014.

An expansion of production is not planned. “The car is more of a lighthouse as a business model,” said Ulrich Hackenberg [Board Member for development of Audi and head of development coordination for the Volkswagen Group].



Where on earth are they finding 250 customers for this at that price?


Wealthy Greens or early adopters (also wealthy).

They are only trying to sell 250 of them (in Europe, I presume).

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