Experimental vehicle to be announced September 8
Above is pictured Volkswagen’s two-seat XL1 prototype. Introduced in the United States on May 23, 2011 this plug-in hybrid has a sub 1-liter two cylinder, TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel), producing 47 horsepower and 89 lb-ft torque. This engine is combined with a 27 horsepower, 74 lb-ft torque electric motor providing pure electric drive range of 22 miles. When the TDI is needed, projected range expands to 341 miles. With a zero to 62 mile per hour time of 11.9 seconds, it is only slightly slower than a current generation Toyota Prius.
While the one seat electric car may not be an item in hot demand in the United States, we can see where there may be demand elsewhere. VW is looking to have an electric Golf hatchback and the two seat E-Up city car available by 2013 for the US market.
Source: Automotive News