quote: Modern diesels in particular, get much better real-world numbers than what the EPA sticker states.
quote: The fact is, that Europe "gets" diesels, and understands that they must be tested differently - both in terms of emissions, and fuel economy - from gasoline cars, if you are to obtain accurate numbers.
quote: If you drive the car 100k miles in its lifetime, going from 50 mpg to 300 mpg will save you about $6500 (assuming around $4/gal)
quote: - Going from a SUV which gets 14 mpg to a 25 mpg sedan will save you about $12,600.
quote: 100k miles, I do that in like two years. Average/nominal.
quote: Cost difference = $740.74-$7407 = $6666.67/year
quote: If I keep the car for ten years, I would have saved $66,666.67 over its lifetime.
quote: who the hell drives 100k miles in the lifetime of the vehicle?
quote: The XL1 can travel for 31 miles just on battery power alone and has a claimed range of 310 miles on diesel and battery power combined, despite having a tiny 10-litre fuel tank.Rough calculations suggest that the XL1 is capable of a real-world 127mpg in ideal conditions, a product of the car’s 795kg kerb weight, its very slippery body and wind-cheating and low resistance narrow tyres on magnesium wheels, which measure just 115/80 at the front and 145/55 at the rear. A guide to the XL1’s efficiency is that VW claims it requires just 8.3bhp to be able to maintain a steady 62mph cruise.
quote: So we are looking at a 127 MPG, the 314 number quoted in the article is probably the maximum driving range when fully fueled (full battery, full diesel tank).
quote: But still, anything north of 100 mpg-US would be welcomed!
quote: Have you seen the price of a standard car these days. Prices are just going to get higher with all the manditory additions like rear cameras and proposed "black-boxes".
quote: Economics and finance courses need to be taught in US high-schools IMO
quote: That said, maybe VW can use what they learned from building this thing to improve the rest of their hybrids.
quote: two-seat...plug-in diesel hybrid