Monday 19 February 2018

They are up! for it –at a mere 257mpg

VOLKSWAGEN will unveil this mega-efficient diesel-electric hybrid version of its up! city car at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20.

The German maker claims the concept, which they call the Twin-Up, consumes a mere 1.1 litres of fuel every 100km, giving 257mpg.

The little four-seater uses the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the XL1 two-seater that was shown at Geneva Motor Show in March.

An 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor provide the base with power directed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There is a lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seat and, partially, into the boot.

It emits just 27 grammes per kilometre and can go up to 50km on electric power alone.

It hasn't yet been decided if it will be produced but it just shows the sort of phenomenal distances that can be extracted from a combination of electric and fossil fuel sources.

VW continues to build a limited production of 200 XL1s due on sale next year from €110,000.

Irish Independent

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