Volkswagen will unveil a vehicle that, according to the company, consumes only 1 liter of gasoline at every 100 km (235 mpg). The two-seater car is an upgraded version of the VW L1 concept and will be presented at the Qatar Motor Show this week.
As the officials said, the “green vehicle” will be equipped with an electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery and a two-cylinder diesel engine that works in two ways: eco and sport. In the eco mode, the engine develops 27 hp/4.000 rpm and in the sport mode it develops 39 hp. The car is able to reach a top speed of about 160 km/h.
The reduced consumption is also explained by the fact that the car weighs only 380 kg, the body being made of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).
Volkswagen unveiled the first car that consumes one liter of fuel per 100 km in 2002. Seven years later, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Germans returned to the concept named L1, whose name refers to the consumption figure, but in reality the L1 had an average fuel consumption of 1.38 l/100km. The new L1 concept car will enter production in 2013 and will probably cost somewhere around $29,500.