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The Volkswagen XL1 is the most fuel efficient production car in the world according to VW.
It's a two seater range extended electric vehicle achieving a fairly impressive 313 mpg and 21g/km (NEDC, combined)
When I drove it I got well over 500 mpg but that was on a 60 mile trip and as you can tell from the video, I did use the 2 cylinder diesel engine as back up every now and then.
Yes, an 800cc 2 cylinder diesel engine and generator tucked neatly in the back means the only range restrictions are how much diesel you have in the 15 liter tank. You could indeed 'drive to Scotland' unless you already live there, in which case you could 'drive to Cornwall.'
The aerodynamics are extraordinary, it slices through the air with ease but it is a very small car.
The XL1 is really easy to drive, the wing cameras take a bit of getting used to but I could imagine doing very long journeys in it, no problem.
- Plug In America ShowProducer / host, 2013 - present
- This Week in Energy (TWiEpodcast)Co-host, 2009 - present
- Feed-in Tariffs for Nevada (FIT4NV)Policy Analyst / Organizer, 2008 - present
Each week you’re invited to join TWiE co-hosts, Kirsten Hasberg (Germany) and Bob Tregilus (U.S.A.), as well as expert guest panelists from around the world, as they discuss hot topics in the field of energy and related technologies.
- You’ll hear a quick, fast paced, weekly news roundup.
- Kirsten, Bob and their expert guests will explore, in-depth, a selected topic from the week’s energy news headlines.
- You can enjoy TWiE wherever you are, or wherever you go—TWiE is mobile!
- Listening to TWiE will add greatly to your nerd credentials.
- Kirsten and Bob will often discuss topics rarely heard in the mainstream or trade media, such as energy democracy!
- From time to time TWiE will cover homesteading and self-sufficiency.
- And much more, for after all, everything we do depends on energy—how we harness it, use it, how it impacts our societies, nations and the world—TWiE is there to explore it!
Bob’s interests varies widely–as well as wildly–and include nearly everything with the exception of sports (drag- and air-racing are OK though), screeching babies (they’re like fingernails on a blackboard), television (the plug in drug), mindless commercial pop culture [fill in the blank] (it kills brain cells faster than moonshine) and Brussels sprouts (they look tasty, but aren’t).
Mostly Bob is an amateur (sometimes professional) policy wonk and troublemaker (aka: community organizer) in the areas of renewable energy, electric drive transportation, civil liberties, GNU/Linux and economic justice.
In 2011, he got a bill introduced into the Nevada State Legislature to adopt a renewable energy feed-in tariff. Sadly, the bill (what was left of it after the lawmakers got through with it) was vetoed by the governor.
When Bob isn’t podcasting you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, at Feed-in Tariffs for Nevada (FIT4NV), the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), the Alliance for Renewable Energy (ARE), about.me, or tinkering in his machine shop, or creating real wealth (unlike the societal-leeches that infest Wall Street) by growing food in his garden.
Bob also likes to play with Schrödinger “Ding” the super-symmetric, super-positioned, quantum string theory kitty. (Well, Ding plays when he isn’t working on his Grand Unified Theory equations.)