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Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient

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You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has been allowed for this car because the myth that 50 mpg is virtually impossible to obtain from even a stripped down econobox is too profitable to let go of, and when it comes to corporate oil profits, ignorance is bliss.

Years ago I had calculated that it should be possible to get a small car to exceed 100 mpg by putting parallel direct to cylinder water injectors side by side with the fuel injectors, and using the exhaust manifold to preheat the water so it would enter the cylinders as dry steam, thus providing added expansion (which drives the engine) while allowing the combustion process to proceed without reducing it’s efficiency. But I was obviously wrong with my calculations, because they were in fact over 2x conservative.

The 100 mpg carburetor was indeed a reality, and the Volkswagen XL1 proves it with only straightforward nothing special technology we have had since the 1970?s.Though the XL1 can be plugged in to deliver a 40 mile all electric drive, it does not need to be plugged in EVER to achieve 300 mpg. And it does not cheat in any way to achieve the rating, it weighs over 1,700 pounds, has normal tires, and delivers a very good driving experience with a governed top speed of 99 mph. The XL1 could reach a top speed in excess of 110 mph absent governor and turns in a 0-60 time of 11.5 seconds which is by no means leisurely for a car designed for efficiency. The XL1 in no way cheats on performance to hit it’s rating. It is simply the car we should have always had, and have had taken from us in the name of oil profits.

Though the XL1 can hit 300 mpg under ideal driving conditions, it’s combined mileage is usually a little over 200 mpg, and if you do city driving only that will drop to a minimum of 180 mpg under the worst driving conditions. But I’d be happy with that no doubt.

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What does that kind of fuel economy really mean?

If the XL1 was equipped with an 18 gallon fuel tank, and you did all highwaydriving, you could fill it up with an oil change and when the next change was due you could change the oil and keep driving without filling up for and additional 2,400 miles. But it comes with a much smaller fuel tank, because if it could go that long on a single tank chances are the fuel would foul before it got used. The tank is only 2.6 gallons to prevent fuel age related problems from happening. So fill ups are cheap.

Many of the publications which speak about the XL1 did so when it was a concept car predicted to get right around 250 MPG. But in 2014, after extensive testing of cars now produced, test drivers report economy above 300 mpg under the correct driving conditions, which would be close to sea level, a flat straight road with no stops, and reasonable speeds. To get rid of miles/imperial/U.S. gallon confusion, in the metric system the XL1 is rated to deliver 100 kilometers per litre. Translated for the U.S., that means approximately 65 miles per quart.

I remember how I laughed at the Smart Fortwo, because even a full size 4 doorChevy Impala significantly beat the “Smart’s” fuel economy, and with the Impala you would get a whole car. The Volkswagen XL1 is clearly the two seater the Smart should have been if it really was what the name implies, and the XL1 is in contrast, a car I’d be proud to be seen in.

You will NOT see the Xl1 in America,

Even it’s far less efficient 85 mpg non hybrid full size station wagon counterpart – the Jetta TDI blue motion wagon (Carscoops.com), which is made in America is banned from American roads. And I would like to ask why? What excuse is there for banning highly efficient cars from American roads?

One excuse is that “they don’t meet American crash test standards”, but the real truth is that the Fed simply refused to ever crash test them because of what they are, in Europe even the XL1 is considered to be a very safe car in crashes, and the Jetta station wagon is obviously even safer and you CAN buy the non TDI versions of the exact same car in America. The only thing different is the engine, WHAT GIVES?

The answer is obvious. Simply for the sake of raking in huge profits from $4 a gallon gas, getting guzzled at 10X the rate it should be, the corporations have via campaign contributions and other types of pay outs succeeded in getting the FED to legislate the best cars off the road for irrelevant trumped up reasons.

The XL1 will not meet American emission standards NOT because it is not clean enough, it will not meet them simply because inefficient parts that are mandated by the EPA are not part of the XL1?s power train. We will never see truly clean running and efficient cars in America, because the FED has mandated that American cars be intentionally stifled by horribly fuel wasting parts that add to the cost of the vehicle and do absolutely NO GOOD, how much more efficient and clean can you get than 300 mpg? The exhaust from the Xl1 has to, by simple math and the laws of physics, run at the theoretical threshold of emissions perfection.

All is not rosy for Europe however

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The Xl1 is SO MUCH the car that the oil companies do not want that there will only be 2,000 made. And no production line was set up for them, they are all hand made. And irrelevant “lightweight” parts are added to the frame, consisting of carbon fiber and other exotic materials to add to the mystique. But the materials and production limits are a load of BUNK, the car STILL weighs over 1,700 pounds, if it weighed just 100 pounds more everything exotic could be removed, because “exotic materials” are not doing much anyway, they are just marketing.

Cost is not the issue either Even after being hand made with “exotic” materials in an intentionally limited edition, the Xl1 still only costs $60,000. There is a lot more of a market for this car than 2,000 units at that price, have no doubt, this car is being held back on purpose. If it can be hand made for that little, automated assembly lines could do it for half. And if a 1,700 plus pound Xl1 can get 300 mpg, a 3,400 pound Chevy Truck should be able to deliver at least 150 MPG, the Xl1 lays the mileage scam bare, with every hybrid that gets 40 mpg and every truck off the line that gets 20, Americans are getting the shaft and they do not even realize it.

I was first infatuated and impressed with the 85mpg Volkswagen TDI Blue Motion wagon and wished I could get one in America (when I was still there), and then the 300 mpg Xl1 came along, what a rude awakening and slap in the face for the American car buyer.

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179 Comments on "Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient"

  1. rockman on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 8:43 am 

    So great to start the day with a good laugh. Thanks.

  2. Nony on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 8:51 am 

    http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/carburetor.asp

  3. Ralph on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 10:38 am 

    Sigh. Th UK price for the XL1 is $160,000, NOT $60,000. It is rumoured that VW are losing money on every one.

    Volkswagen TDI Blue Motion returns 85mpg in unrealistic European tests, and that is Imperial, not US gallons.

    In standardized safety tests, the XL1 is as good as any car, but head on with an F250 and the SUV driver will not even notice the bump as you are squashed flat.

    There is a lot of truth about the US market in this post, but the hyperbole is breathtaking.

    I got 97mpg (imperial) out of my econobox diesel on one long trip, but my hypermiling driving style has killed the diesel particulate filter, and the repair bill exceeds the fuel saving over 3 years of driving.

  4. Ralph on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 10:49 am 

    And in the real world, at least Europe in they next year or so,

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/up/66763/vw-twin-up-review

  5. Davy on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 11:22 am 

    Ralph, I have a 2010 Jetta tdi I use for highway driving. I have a 2002 Toyota tacoma 4×4. I have a 1998 Toyota tacoma 2×2 for a farm beater truck.

    I love all three per their applications. I will upgrade Jetta when a model comes out to greatly exceed current MPG. No need for a nice new car. With same MPG.
    I actually hate what the auto has done to our humanity but hey that is progress. If you fight progress it will progress right over you like a steam roller. Yet, it works both ways when progress reverses those who resist will be blindsided.

  6. Matthew on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:13 pm 

    It’s = it is.

    Its = possessive.

    I wouldn’t have mentioned it, but you never used its at all. Gotta get the basics right.

    Content was good though.

  7. Matthew on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:15 pm 

    And, snopes.com disagrees. Not the last word of course, but another perspective…

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

  8. Jack M. Eoff on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:18 pm 

    There’s a skeeter on my peter, whack it off!!!

  9. Judith on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:19 pm 

    Interesting article

  10. Javi on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:29 pm 

    The same goes for the all electric vehicle. Try finding one under 35 thousand. I believe there is a set minimum cost on all electric cars put by the US government. That way they are not really desirable to the US consumers. Why do I believe this? My example would be the KIA soul all electric. You can get the gas version for 15 thousand. “But you want the all electric you say?” You have to fork over 33 thousand for it. Where did the additional 15+ grand come from?

  11. Washington on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:31 pm 

    if you really think evil bad guys in suits are colluding in backrooms to purposely deny people some super effecient car solely so they can keep making money off oil you’re a fucking clown who has lost the ability to tell reality from saturday morning cartoons if you ever had it at all

  12. c r on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:32 pm 

    Could this article be any more inaccurate? I think not. Wow, what a bunch of mythical conspiracy b.s.
    Pretty sad that so many people will read it and take it as the gospel.

  13. Bruce Johnson on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:32 pm 

    “New VW Not Allowed in America Because Its Too Efficient”

    It never ceases to amaze me what people like the Peak Oil boobs will say when their agenda is more important than the truth—or their self-respect.

  14. david on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:34 pm 

    As a former VW employee we were told it would not be coming here because it does not meet safety standards. Mainly the fact that it does not have side mirrors. VW will not retrofit side mirrors to this car just to make it available to our market. I’m sure 300mpg really does terrify oil companies and their minions.. but they know they can just sit back and let our outdated regulations do all the work for them.

  15. Doc Brown on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:35 pm 

    I much rather my Delorean.

  16. Michael on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:37 pm 

    We run a generator off gas fumes from a 5 gallon bucket it runs more efficient and uses 80percent less fuel why hasnt big auto improved luke this

  17. Bob on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:41 pm 

    What is this, an ad? I’m sure the reason it’s not touring america has nothing to do with the fact that it might get 300 mpg. And by the way, gas is $2.80

  18. Jonathan M. Moore on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:42 pm 

    This is an awesome car to bad the greedy basterds upstairs wont allow in the U.S. for they cant pay off
    a 17 trillion debt.

  19. PerpetualMotionMachine on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:42 pm 

    Hahahahaha. 1970 called. They want their 100MPG carburetor back. Let’s all replace our modern fuel injected engines with carburetors. O_o

  20. NT on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:46 pm 

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

  21. keith on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:46 pm 

    Your article is full of inaccuracies. SNOPES has completely debunked the idea of big oil stopping this car. VW is stopping this car as their total production of the vehicle is miniscule (250)thus thta being the reason you wont see it here.

  22. roderick l. kelly on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:48 pm 

    keep going

  23. mick swifer on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:49 pm 

    Nice reporting, it’s a myth

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

  24. gee on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:49 pm 

    Everything is a conspiracy.
    Did you put a magnet on your fuel line yet?

  25. Scott on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:50 pm 

    It so pitiful that everyone talks about being “green”, but once the oil tycoons (by the way, who finance the presidency) lose money, it’s funny how this is “outlawed”. Remember, we tried the electric car back in the 80s but it was squashed by the government and was swept under the rug.
    Screw the oil tycoons. They have more money than they can do with. Think about how much this will benefit the planet.

  26. Ken on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:51 pm 

    Why not market the car as a kit car in the U.S. That way patriotic do it yourselfers can put words into actions.

  27. Silly S. Game on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:53 pm 

    Don’t forget the Highway Road Tax that is included in every gallon of gasoline is the US. Seems the hybrid and electric drivers are being subsidized by the gasoline using driving majority.

  28. Steve on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:57 pm 

    Nice to see that SOMEBODY is FINALLY speaking the truth about this topic!! You nailed it right on – Technology is MORE than sufficient nowadays to achieve even 75 mpg for almost ALL vehicles. But as you stated, BIG OIL profits will NOT ALLOW this type of technology to ever hit our streets….

  29. mervin hanson on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 12:59 pm 

    BEFOR YOU GET YOUR UNDYS IN A BUNDLE, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHIP YOUR ENGINES WITH THE TRANY ALREADY ON THE ENGINE, OVER HERE IN THE USA, AND HAVE THE ENGINES PUT INTO THE CARES. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO BEAT THE FEDS, AN THE BIG AZZHOLES THAT OWN THE OIL RESERVES AROUND THE WORLD, AND IF MY IDEA DOES NOT WORK GET IN TOUCH AND WE CAN FIGURE OUT SOME WAY TO DO IT, OK, I CAN NOT AND I WILL NOT STAND BY AND LET THE BIG MUCKY MUCKS IN WASHINGTON TRY TO TELL ME OR ANY OTHER AMERICAN WHAT THAY CAN AND CAN NOT DO HERE IN THIS LAND OF OURS. LET THEM TRY AND YOU WILL HERE A CAY FROM THE TOP OF THE HILLS TO THE VALLYS BELOW, I AM AN AMERICAN FREE FROM TEARNEY AND INJUSTCE FROM ALL. BRING YOUR CARS HERE AND LET THE PEOPLE TELL THE WASHINGTON CLAN WHERE THEY CAN STICK IT.WE WANT YOUR AND NEED YOUR CARS, AMEN! PS I AM 67 YEARS OLD AND HANDYGAPPED WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO TO ME,I AM SO FED UP WITH THE WAY THEY RUN THIS COUNTRY WHAT THEY NEED IS A SWIFT KICK IN THE AZZ, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SAY WHAT I HAD TO SAY, ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN SELL THE CARS TO AMERICANS AND THEN SHIP THEM TO AMERICA, THAT WAY THE CAR IS ALL READY AN AMERICANS AND THAT WAY YOU CAN GET BY SOME OF THE PAPER WORK, ASK YOUR LAWERYS IM SURE ITS OK THANKS

  30. K Mark Hammer on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:02 pm 

    That’s a bunch of bull. Back in the 70’s I owned a Honda CVCC and got over 50 MPG.

  31. Brian Fuller on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:04 pm 

    Logically I would agree that a car that gets 300 MPG would be a huge seller even to somebody like me that loves to drive! But I have been saying for years that even if that were possible you’d never seen it for sale in America. After all between the greed of the federal and state taxation agencies which would seriously lose profits on this vehicle. There would also suddenly be an overstock of gasoline or diesel fuel making a loss in profits by the oil companies as well! With all the claims of people wishing for a vehicle like this, the reality is that you’d never find it as nobody between your government nor the oil companies wants to see oil prices suddenly drop to 1925 prices!

  32. bobert on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:06 pm 

    This is a catch-22 situation.

    The population of earth grew to 7 billion because of the help of the number of jobs created by oil industry and our demand for energy. Most middle-eastern countries in Africa were starving with poor governance but it is the popularity in oil which has helped these countries thrive.

    If everyone started using electric/fuel-efficient cars and solar for energy, the decrease in energy demand will slow down causing thousands (or hundred of thousands) to lose their jobs. Oil and service companies, natural gas/electricity companies would go bankrupt.

    I’m not necessarily happy that this VW is not allowed in a free country but at the same time should I feel that this closely citizen-spying country might be helping out it’s citizens in keeping their jobs.

  33. mervin hanson on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:06 pm 

    HERE IS ANOTHER WAY, SELL THE ENGINES TO SEMI BUILDERS AND THEY CAN PUT THEM INTO SEMIS, THANKS

  34. D.F on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:07 pm 

    The type of carburetor you talked about in this article has been around in the U.S for some time. However, it just vanished with its creator and was forgotten. Dirty politicians on both sides of the isle and big oil screw the average middle class consumer. Not just in the U.S either.

  35. George Brill on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:10 pm 

    It just goes to prove that big oil and big corporations run America, not the us congress.

  36. Jesse Arredondo on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:13 pm 

    That’s a lot better then my new 2014 VW Jetta I’m only getting 18 MPG city and 22 MPG highway, I have about 1,000 miles on the car, I was told that It would get 25 and 30 the sticker is 23 and 29, 25 combined I’m not even close, would you buy this car.

  37. Joe Doats on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:16 pm 

    Well gee Ralph, did it ever occur to you that ANY sub-compact car is going to be squashed like pug when it tangles with something that outweighs it be a factor of 3?

  38. Mitch on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:20 pm 

    Have you found out who killed the Kennedys too?Did we really land on the moon?

  39. Wael Esmaeel on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:21 pm 

    Can we say that Europe is more advanced and have more freedom than the US when it comes for whats best for us and for our future !

  40. Lonnie on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:21 pm 

    Where can I buy the POWERTRAIN?

  41. Jon on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:25 pm 

    I hope you didn’t get paid to write this.

  42. jw on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:33 pm 

    Please keep your farm beater trucks of the paved roads. God damn Redneck.

  43. Maria on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:34 pm 

    So this car isn’t available in the US…where is it available? I do not see pictures of hundreds on the XL1 on European roadways. And if the reason that the car isn’t on any roadways is the price, the whole exercise is moot. The car has to sell between $30k-$40K American or the US market will not jump on it. In the real world…this car doesn’t really exist….vaporware!

  44. Bob on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:38 pm 

    Obama and the Demorat.

  45. Steve on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:55 pm 

    The banks and oil companies run America, the fix is in and will be as long we allow them to control us.

  46. Ed on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:57 pm 

    Someone repost this to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media. This wrong is so many ways. Luckily we have the power of numbers on our side.

  47. Triplethr3t on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 1:57 pm 

    I find the comments trying to debunk this article the most disturbing.

    This car is a game changer, and the ones who own the game, make the rules. This car isn’t going to be allowed to play.

    The reason VW only made a few of these was due to their very clear and logical understanding that this car would undermine the oil industrial complex in which VW has itself made its name.

    VW offers this teaser as if to say “WE can do this when the political will and power has shifted.”

  48. Budman on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:05 pm 

    Believe it or not we are ready for efficiency, Oil Companies do not want this type of vehicle on the road. They would loose BIG profits, have to lay-off workers. After all its all about money and profit!

  49. Chico on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:05 pm 

    bobert, if the oil and gas industry goes out of business because everyone drives electric vehicles or gas vehicles that get great gas mileage, then those industries can just change with the times and get into the clean energy business instead. It will mean clean air or at least *cleaner* are, no more oil spills, no more sending troops to the Middle East to “preserve democracy”, and killing thousands of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, when it reality it is to control the oil. Because we are still dependent on fossil fuels, because alternate energy has been suppressed for SO LONG. Because greedy politicians are in the pockets of Big Oil, and do not serve the American public who voted them into office. They are not upholding the Oath they swore to serve the tax-paying, voting public and the uphold the Constitution. Would you rather their be more oil spills like Exxon Valdez or like the one in the Gulf Of Mexico, or people in the oil industry and the gas-burning auto industry finding new work in clean energy if it means at least cleaner air for our descendants? No more air pollution, no more wars fought for oil, no more oils spills? No more kids with asthma caused from smog?

  50. Kurt on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:06 pm 

    I think A major source of resistance is from the Government. The issue is highway taxes- currently 18.3/gal on gas and 24.4 for diesel. At 20 mpg thats about a penny per mile. At 100 mpg it is about 0.2 cents per mile. We all want good roads to drive on but we want someone else to pay for them.
    An American alternative is the Ello due out in 2015. An 84mpg trike for $6800

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