The German based automaker Volkswagen is planning to produce a version of the XL1 two-seater concept, previewed earlier this year at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, starting from 2013.
According to Automotive News Europe, the vehicle is expected to be produced in either Dresden or Wolfsburg, coming as a plug-in hybrid, with a 2.0 liter diesel TDI engine, mated to an electric motor, which will send power to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
“We will start small series production by 2013, in Germany”, said the Volkswagen AG chairman.
Sadly we don’t have any more details about the XL1 production version but the concept managed to burn only 0.9 liters of fuel every 100 kilometers and according to the research chief Juergen Leohold, the CO2 emissions will depend on what kind of electricity you put in the battery.
“It’s a new kind of mobility – a new vehicle concept. Also, it’s physics. If you limit a car to one person, you can make it smaller, less weight, you need less energy to transport the person and the obviously it can be better on CO2 and fuel efficiency”, said Juergen Leohold earlier this year.
Even if the XL1 will be a plug-in hybrid, the vehicle will play an important role with Volkswagen becoming the world’s largest electric cars manufacturer by 2018.