The Volkswagen Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept has been officially unveiled and it has the potential to become a production car.
Volkswagen says that the new Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept is taking its power from an upgraded electric motor and a diesel two-cylinder 800cc common-rail engine. There is also an 8.6 kWh battery. The internal combustion unit is good for 47 HP (35 kW) and 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) of torque while the electric motor is generating 47 HP (35 kW) and 139 Nm (103 lb-ft) of torque. The total output of the car stands at 74 HP (55 kW) and 214 Nm (158 lb-ft).
The hybrid powertrain is mated to a dual clutch 7-speed transmission which is sending power to the wheels and it’s allowing the Volkswagen Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 15.7 seconds. The top speed has been electronically limited to 140 km/h (87 mph). The 1, 205 kg vehicle can burn an average of 1.1L / 100km of fuel (257 mpg UK / 214 mpg US) and the CO2 emissions will stop at 27 g/km. A more production-oriented Twin-Up concept will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, later on this month.