The German automaker decided to launch the Volkswagen L1 concept during the 2009 edition of the Frankfurt Auto Show. Below you have a huge photo gallery showing the Volkswagen L1 concept. The Volkswagen L1 is derived from the original Volkswagen 1-liter concept that the German automaker presented back in April 2002. The Volkswagen L1 concept lives up to its name, having a level of just 39 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide emissions while being able of 170 mpg US/204.7 mpg UK or, said more clearly, a fuel consumption of 1.38 liters per 100 kilometers.
Many people say that the Volkswagen L1 concept looks like a huge cigar. I think that in the case of this project the looks are not important. The Volkswagen L1 concept has a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber materials in its construction which results in a weight of, believe it or not, just 380 kilograms. It is also important to mention that the Volkswagen L1 concept is extremely aerodynamic as it has a coefficient of drag figure of just 0.195.
The Volkswagen L1 concept is narrower than any other conventional car in the market today. To be more precise, the Volkswagen L1 concept has a width of just 1200 millimeters, a length of 3813 millimeters and a height of 1143 millimeters. If you want to compare the Volkswagen L1 concept to other cars, you can say that the Volkswagen L1 is as low as the Lamborghini Murcielago and as long as the Volkswagen Polo.
The diesel-electric hybrid concept has a seat displacement of one plus one seats, which is quite a unique layout. Both people can go in the car through a side hinging, electrically operated canopy. Obviously, the driver seats in the front while the other passenger seats in the back of him on another seat.
The Volkswagen L1 concept gets its power from a 0.8 liter diesel engine (derived from the 1.6 liter TDI engine used in the new Golf BlueMotion) and an electric engine that has an output of 14 horsepower. The role of the electric engine is to offer some extra power when additional acceleration is required or to take over and make the car run exclusively on electricity for a short distance.
The German automaker claims that even though the Volkswagen L1 concept has a fuel tank of only 10 liters, the driver can be able to cover a distance of 725 kilometers on a complete refuel. Other technical specifications include the fact that the Volkswagen L1 concept is able to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h while being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 14.3 seconds.
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