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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.


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 (, 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


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.

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

  1. Twolazy on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:07 pm 

    What will the politicians do when we all have 300 MPG cars, when will they slap their foreheads and say OMG we gotta raise gas taxes ….

  2. ShartGarfunkel on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:08 pm 

    There is nothing but NONSENSE here.

    Volkswagen made 250 of these cars. TOTAL.
    Most of them went to VW executives.

    This was never meant to be mass produced, and certainly wasn’t meant to spend millions federalizing it to sell a few dozen in the states for $200k.

    Nobody is BANNING efficient cars.
    If they can pass an emissions and safety test, and if the company making them can make a profit, they can and will be sold here.

    There is SO MUCH incorrect information here.
    The Jetta wagon is not ‘full size’.
    It is not ‘made in the usa’
    it is not ‘banned’ here.
    The blue motion trim’s engine will fail CA emissions.
    And it will only get about 5 mpg more on a US GALLON on a US EPA test. 85 mpg on an EPA test? Not a chance.
    Maybe 60, while the regular Golf Wagon TDI coming out in a few months can hit 55mpg in ideal conditions.
    Please! Go buy one! Enjoy is! Just quit bitching and repeating this nonsense.
    Please, get a clue and don’t believe the BS.

  3. asdf on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:12 pm 

    If you’re sick of high fuel prices, just start your own oil company, there’s plenty of land to go find oil and gas leases, drill a well, and produce this insanely profitable oil you speak of.

    Then, just start your own refinery, process it into gasoline, and sell it for what it’s actually worth ($0.40 according to the author).

    Put the big bad oil companies out of business like this! You could be a national hero!

  4. Brian on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:13 pm 

    This story is courtesy of Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist (the same “journalist” who promulgated the ridiculous story about a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 who supposedly hid his cell phone in his rectum and used it to post a picture to the Internet after the flight was hijacked)

  5. alfredo miccio on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:15 pm 

    I am an Italian living in Austria and I often travel to the US where one of my son is living.
    Often I rent American cars and frankly can say the following:
    – in general cars in Europe are more expensive than in the US partly because of higher taxes.
    – in the US European cars cost less than in Europe but still are more expensive than their American counterparts.
    – European cars are much more advanced that American cars. Motors are more performant, need less gasoline, brakes are much better, stability is much better.
    – I feel much safer in my AUDI than in a comparable American car.
    Many years ago, studying economics I read that one if not the most important reason why US has big cars with big motors was that the Unions wanted to produce car with higher prices and needing more labor.
    Today technical development has decreased the impact of such factor, however Americans are used to big motors. We don’t need 4 liters motors. A 2.500 liter motor has more than enough power.

  6. feas ant on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:16 pm 

    so, to get this on the road in the USA, send me the blueprints or CAD file and i will start production.

  7. Obummer on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:21 pm 

    I need to fart

  8. Ben on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:26 pm 

    This is pretty ridiculous… crash testing is paid for by car manufacturers and done by independent labs. If VW wanted to sell this in the US, all they would have to do is meet the safety and other standards that all cars must meet to be sold in the US (like side mirror(s), etc). The idea that it’s too efficient an therefore banned is just insane. The idea that it’s been denied tours of the US is just plain a lie. This article is journalism at it worst – no facts, all hype with no supporting sources.

  9. Hyde on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:28 pm 

    There’s a car that runs on water, man!! But the government won’t let it be made.

  10. Steve on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:28 pm 

    I have a notion this auto does exist. I have been working on various autos to see what the best mileage I could get doing the work in my yard (don’t have a garage) I did manage to get a 1988 Volvo up to 56mpg average in town and on the highway. I also have a 1950 GMC pickup that at this time is getting 28 to 32 mpg in town with a 350 V8 automatic transmission. so this car is completely cool and feasible.

  11. Hans on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:30 pm 

    I thought that the lack of physical, and required rear-view mirrors (instead of rear view cameras were the issue here.)

  12. Adam Young on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:30 pm 

    The fact that 50 miles per gallon had been achieved was a documentary aired by PBS. That achievement occurred in 1965 and was buried by the Petro Profiteers.
    Since then, America has paid millions to the Petro Pirates who have hindered alternative fuels for the last five decades.

    Bottom Line is that all the Utility Corporations have refused American ingenuity to advance its citizens.
    The Energy Emperors have relied on gasoline for their own wealth, rather than invest in the research and development that would allow America to be independent of the Arab Aristocrats.

    Adam of CA.

  13. hammerman on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:34 pm 

    Actually it’s not allowed here because it doesn’t have all the safety regulations to be a street legal car; crash ratings, fire rating, signals, acceleration; etc.

    But you can write sensational headlines for people to get on their high horse to blame another thing on America politics.

  14. JayGee54 on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:39 pm 

    What a load of malarkey! It’s a prototype – if it even exists!

    Then the author talks about injection in one paragraph, then a carburetor in the next.

    The real reason why it has a tiny fuel tank? Weight!

    I want this 10 minutes of my life back!

  15. Ben on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:41 pm 

    Where is the author’s name on this article anyway? I don’t see it…

  16. Ralph Lancaster on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:44 pm 

    Yeah, and I can fly, swim 100 below the water, and explore a cavern, ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Check out this bullcrap on Snopes!

  17. Sam on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:46 pm 

    Looks like a copy of the old GM/Saturn EV1

  18. jon d'eaux on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:51 pm 

    There used to be a project called the HyperCar (now FiberForge).

    If you can’t import it, offer it as a ‘kit car’ here…

  19. Rick on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:55 pm 

    and this reminds me of what was going around when I was in school, a man had invented a gas carburetor that could get over 60 mpg, and it was never heard of again, that was over 40 years ago

  20. sang kang on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 2:56 pm 

    Now I know for sure, there’s some conspiracy going on here.

  21. lroberts on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:01 pm 

    (A song for all true Republicans.) Oh I love getting the shaft from the Great Sheiks of the US and UK. Also, right-wingers are terrified of Muslim takeover, quite sad how people can be so ignorant and allow the rich to screw them to death.

  22. Concierge Robert on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:02 pm 

    Oh come on!
    That’s so stupid
    … Next thing you know you’ll be writing about secret underground bases at Denver International Airport.

  23. Jeff on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:06 pm 

    General Motors accidently released a truck from the early 70’s to a dealership and sold to a customer. I went to school with his sons. The truck was gasoline carbureted and got over 40 MPG on a 1/2 ton. GM fought to get it back and lost. I saw this truck and it’s true and factual. Barely made the news thanks to big oil.

  24. Kermit the Frog on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:06 pm 

    So.. You offer no evidence of “big oil” companies being involved in not allowing this mythical creature to enter the USA. Alluding that every car manufacturer purposely wants to deceive the public and create vehicles with bad gas mileage. Yes, European cars are better, but not by a huge margin when you convert imperial gallons to US gallons. Did you know that the Model T could get 50 MPG? Know why? Small engine and slow speed. People want power and speed these days. It’s a hard line to walk when you are engineering a vehicle to do both. If oil companies were smart, they’d invest in electric technology also. Get your foot in both doors and not worry about oil markets crashing.

  25. Douglas Blair on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:10 pm 

    say what you want about the Smart car , you got to drive the gas US model . I owned the diesel Canadian model , in USGallons I got 56 mpg ,70 in imperial gallons , it was cheaper to drive my car than ride my Honda Goldwing .and the fun factor never stopped. Its like when we went to the go-cart track when we were kids , except you never have to return it after 10 minutes

  26. Dave on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:16 pm 

    Even if it really could go 300 miles if it’s manufactured by VW it means it’ll be in the shop 3x per fill up. VW makes mechanic-dependent junk.

  27. Mark on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:25 pm 

    Goobers, Idiots, Morons. For crying out loud! Sell them to semi builders, holy crap, how stupid can a man be? VW overpriced 1700 lb. death trap can only pull 11.5 to 60, (slower than a 60 year old Rambler) how will the engine ever move 40,000 pounds. Brain damaged. The oil companies are investing in battery and electric technology. What did you think, they are one dimensional goofs like you guys?

  28. R.Johnson on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:28 pm 

    California State University Los Angeles has produced a car that gets 1,615 miles per gallon. Check it out.

  29. devon java on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:33 pm 

    hey GREED IS WHAT KEEPS AMERICA on the DECLINE,,thank you RIGHT WING CONS,for providing so MUCH RW PROPAGANDA ,so you rich greedy aholes can keep $%## the majority of people,, so these people who don’t believe this article, i bet the majoity of y’all are making $ off these high fuel prices,,you really are COLD AHOLES!!

  30. ghung on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:35 pm 

    Another headline from the same site:

    Dying Area 51 Scientist: YES, Aliens Are Real
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  31. skillman suydam on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:48 pm 

    i have owned 3 chevy volts, the 2012 with 19,000 miles gave me lifetime 189 mpg, a 2014 with 13,000 miles, gave 159 mpg. i did longer trips and on battery only gave me a range of 39 to 40 miles per charge, but when you average out and plug the car in when ever you can do much better.

  32. Washington on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:54 pm 

    Oh yes the mythical 100mpg carberator everyone and their grandpa knew somebody who knew the inventor of before the men in black came and snatched him.

    do you guys seriously ever put more than 2 seconds thought into anything or are you just 80 year olds trying to use the internet? do you really think there is some secret knowledge for super fuel efficiency that is locked in a vault somewhere? You think anything like that would stay secret in the internet era? with geniuses like you populating this world no wonder we’re so fucked.

    and lol people wanting the engine in this thing, did you not notice it’s a thousand pound and built to be aerodynamic over any other considerations, I don’t think slapping it’s drive train into your mac truck is going to make a big different.

    how are you literally this stupid. try just sitting and thinking for two minutes more everytime you think about saying something from now on, all of you.

  33. Allen Sanford on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:55 pm 

    What we have here is a further example of “Government Sanctioned Racketeering”. Read about it. First read Fiat Planet’s article entitled, “The True $29 Trillion Bailout”.

  34. Tim on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 3:56 pm 

    Car and Driver says the XL1 will cost $120,000 in Europe. I recently bought a new Prius C for just under $22,000. I get 45 mpg without trying, 52 mpg when I try to. Using round numbers, 10k mi/year; my cost for gas will be $800 to $900 a year. For the XL1 it will cost $130 to $170 for a year’s worth of gas. Who is going to pay nearly $100,000 up front to save a couple hundred a year? There is no market for it. That’s why VW isn’t going to sell it here. Are you too stupid to put this together for yourself? Or, do you just get off on lying to people?

  35. Carl Niesen on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:05 pm 

    I drive a 2012 Ford Focus. I filled up when leaving Atlanta on my way to Savannah. All highway driving at 70 MPH with the air on. When I got to my stop in Savannah I checked on MPG, 44.6 MPG.

  36. troy on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:18 pm 


  37. me on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:19 pm 

    Just look at the thing. It is not street legal in the US. It doesn’t even have side mirrors our a rear window…

  38. lies on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:23 pm 

    Yea, a lot of lies up in this article.

    First of all the Snopes article sums everything up nicely. Second of all every car manufacturer absolutely COULD make a vehicle like this, but we as consumers would never purchase it. Why?

    Because that concept vehicle has an engine that only puts out 47 horsepower. Much as you like saving on gas if you actually drove a car with only 47 HP you’d hate it.

  39. Harquebus on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:35 pm 

    These water injected engines sound like they will be very good in portable electricity generators.

  40. Kerry on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:37 pm 

    All I’ve seen in these comments (both for and against) are unsupported statements; in many cases in conjunction with immature insults. How does that actually help anyone who really wants to find out the reality of this article?

    I tend to believe most of the comments are simple parroting from the either conservative or liberal authority you adhere to. I don’t believe many here have done any of the thorough and painstaking research necessary to either challenge or verify this article.

    Why? It’s simply easier to throw out an insulting comment that goes in line with your chosen political group. All your friends are there and you can laugh about what you said to “those dumb idiots”. But you DON’T . . . REALLY . . . KNOW.

    Why doesn’t everyone here go beyond their comfort zone a bit and really try to find out the merits of this article? Dig! Write some emails to people involved! Make some calls! YOU find out! Maybe you will surprise yourself, or maybe you will confirm your beliefs; either way you will come out of it a much richer individual for having really searched it out.

  41. Kenneth on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:38 pm 

    1974 or 75 my cousin in Larimie Wy developed a carb that got 150-175 MPG on a Simca. He drove the car for visit in Louisville Ky. He worked for Lockheed-Douglas as an engineer. He sold the carb to Exxon at a low ball price thinking he was doing something for mankind. The carb was never seen again.

  42. Kenneth on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:38 pm 

    fuck you

  43. Stephen Phillips on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:38 pm 

    It’s nice to see a car company try, at least. Charles Pogue got 26 miles a pint from a stalled engine in a 34 ford coupe in 1936. The ability has been around for quite some time now.

  44. Isa Ten on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:43 pm 

    This article was debunked at It has a lot of info why the claims in this article are simply wrong. See for yourself.

  45. Keith on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:43 pm 

    I love fuel efficient cars, but writing in such a uber-paranoid manner does not make a good case.

    Great car. Glad to learn more. But not mentioning that fact that they are $160k each?

    A 40 mpg car that costs $20k kinda spanks this.

  46. Kenneth Tipton on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:46 pm 

    Hey Washington, I think you need your oil changed. I suppose you also think the dept. of def. runs the military. Think again, or open your eyes one. I’ll tell you what Washington, I will give you one simple challenge, although I think the scope of research required is beyond your ability. I want you to tell me how many start up car companies, have been forcibly put out of business, by who, and how did they do it? And just so you can say someone told you> There are a lot of little tricks people have come up with over the years to improve gas mileage, some are scams but many of them work. Hmmm I wonder who owns the majority of patents on batteries needed to run electric cars more efficiently? There is always someone bigger and meaner. And there is always someone smarter or more innovative. Its really pretty simple if we all learn to put our minds together there isn’t anything we can’t achieve. 300 miles a gallon. With the level of technology we currently have, that number seems ridiculously low to me.

  47. Lamus on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 4:55 pm 

    Check Elio Motors, an affordable vehicle that will deliver 85 miles to the gallon, made in America for $6800!!! Yes, you heard or right, $6800 dollars.

  48. Jon Carry on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 5:13 pm 

    This article made me hungry. I think I’m going hop in my Ford 250 V8 and drive to the butcher on the other side of town and buy a big steak. Windows open, air conditioner blasting of course. Then, Ima gunna buy a rack of ice cold beer, fire up the charcoal and enjoy life! Probably leave the engine running and the headlights on so I can see what’s cooking.

  49. Daren on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 5:23 pm 

    Actually our existing trains built in the 1970s get far better mileage than this with no magic, no carbon fiber and no aluminum. Have you ever listened to their TV ad? They move one ton of freight over 450 miles on one gallon of fuel. (Plus the weight of the train)How is that even possible? So Easy, They use a motor-generator system to convert torque. It has always been possible for an auto to get 180 MPG using this same drive system. A standard portable generator runs 3 hours on one gallon of fuel. A very small electric motor has more usable torque than a high horse power V8 gasoline engine. 3 hours at 60 MPH is 180 MPG. But the car magazines demand more power. They force the hybrid and electric car makers to increase power for better zero to 60 numbers. So they put 160 horse power on each wheel. That is what is killing the hybrid and electric car range and sales. Now they have electric cars with over 1000 horse power. They will build 2 or 3 prototypes. Really? Who cares? We need a real car for the real driver, not zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds. If they build a cute car like the Saturn Sky with this motor-generator drive sytem at $18,000 they will sell billions of them. Who wants a cute car that get 2,400 miles on one tank of fuel? Well Everyone.

  50. Al on Wed, 29th Oct 2014 5:25 pm 

    Interesting article.. but then I was told by my father that back in ’59, GM let a carburetor get out on a car that got 80mpg. Interestingly enough… the carburetor was stolen off the car in his garage and nothing else was touched. My dad was at the time of that happening, a certified GM mechanic of many years. He wasn’t the type of person to lie or exaggerate stories… so ….

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