Volkswagen XL1: A two-seater for the people, for the Earth
Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Unbeknownst to many, Volkswagen’s Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, today’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, set a goal some 10 years ago to conjure up an everyday vehicle that would consume less than one liter per 100 km - a true people’s car. After two one-liter concepts in 2002 and 2009, the German automaker finally came up with a two-seater that consumes less than their goal.

The Volkswagen XL1 consumes 0.9 liter per 100 km (or 111.11 km/L) and can run purely on electricity for up to 50 km. Weighing only 795kg, the minimal weight contributes to its low energy consumption along with superb aerodynamics and low center of gravity.