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High Mileage Motors
posted on Sep 24 2014 by Gabe Grover
Over the past few years, manufacturers have been showcasing cars with incredible mileage and miniscule emissions, most of which were concepts that weren’t actually fully functional. But now, the technology is beginning to emerge in their future production vehicles. Here're our favourites so far:
The most impressive of the few, comes from German manufacturer Volkswagen, who recently released the VWXL1. After 3 concepts, and 13 years of development, Volkswagen have revealed that the car is now ready for production and is available for purchase, but in extremely scarce numbers. The XL1’s body resembles something out of a science fiction film, and so are its features.
To start it off, the XL1 is capable of running at 313MPG, in fact, ‘Auto-Car Express’ found that the car ran at an unbelievable 403MPG for the most part of their testing during their time with the car. The XL1 weighs just 800kg, has rear-wheel drive and delivers 86BHP which takes it from 0-60mph in 12.7 seconds. The XL1 has a top speed of 99MPH, which may not seem like much, but when considering its incredible economy, speed is the last reason for which someone should consider buying it.
The XL1’s body makes the designers ambition evident. The body seems to be as aerodynamic as possible, without compromising aesthetic integrity. With beautiful scissor doors, a cover over the rear wheels to prevent wind resistance, and the replacement of wing mirrors with new Emora video cameras to further reduce drag.
The problem is that VW are only looking to produce 2,000 XL1’s, only 30 of which will be available in the UK retailing at an estimate of £100,000. So it looks like the wait for the XL1 will have to be a bit longer.
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Second up, is French manufacturer Renault’s EOLAB, (Click here to see our preview of the EOLAB’s showcase at this year’s Paris Motor Show).
Renault have stated that the EOLAB will run at 235MPG, will have a top speed of 74MPH, and will run for nearly 40 miles at 75MPH on electricity alone, at this point in time the EOLAB is somewhat of a concept, a concept that runs and works and looks amazing.
Unfortunately it’s unlikely we’ll see any of its technologies implemented in any of Renaults models until 2020.
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Mitsubishi Outlander Phev
And the last, (but certainly not the least) hails from Japan, with Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, which is by far the largest of the 3, also the heaviest, weighing at just over 3 tonnes, it sure isn’t little.
Estimated to offer an average of 148MPG and is said to release as little as 44g/Km C02. The Outlander PHEV has a 2.0L engine, along with 2 electric motors offering 80bhp each. It can run on a single charge for 32.5 miles and has a top speed of 75MPH.
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