Volkswagen L1 concept makes Chevy Volt look like a Hummer in a corset.

by Mike
Posted September 18th, 2009 at 6:34 am


Fuel efficiency. Miles per gallon. Fuel Range. Big things to consider when purchasing a car these days as gas prices are still higher than they should be coupled with the onslaught of story after story of dwindling crude oil supplies. The U.S. auto industry has failed for the most part to innovate in a “green” direction until very recently. Their fascination with big, gas guzzling vehicles has caused them to be in a desperate position of playing catch up with the rest of the world. *Helpful hint* If you (U.S. auto makers) need something lofty to set their sights on as to match, the new L1 concept by VW would be a good goal to seek. While Chevy claims 230+ MPG for the Chevy Volt, the math and logic used is fairly misleading, as in reality, the actual number of miles you travel will be far less. Getting back to that goal, the L1 concept by VW is ignoring Chevy’s Volt and proclaiming their L1 concept, which isn’t set to release until 2013, as the most fuel efficient vehicle at 170 MPG. Clearly their number is smaller than Chevy’s and in this game, bigger is better. So what gives?

Well, the drag coefficient of the L1 is an uber slippery 0.195 compared to the Chevy Volt’s ~0.28(ish). While it may not seem much, that gap is huge as drag is a big factor when fuel efficiency is concerned. Futher details will take a decent bit of reading on your part. If you feel so inclined, stop by the Auto Blog and give it a looksie.

Source: Engadget, Auto Blog

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