An email received yesterday tells me that next year China will launch a tiny’ single seater car that does 258 miles to the gallon and will cost 4000 Yuan – $600 US. Produced by Volkswagen, the initial objective was to prove that 1 litre of fuel could deliver 100 kilos of travel.
Gas tank capacity = 1.7 gallons
Speed = 62 – 74.6 Miles/hour
Fuel efficiency = 258 miles/gallon
Travel distance with a full tank = 404 miles
The body is 3.47 metres long, 1.25 metres wide and a little over a metre high. The prototype was made completely of carbon fibre and is not painted to save weight.
The impact and roll-over protection is comparable to GT racing cars.
The power plant is a one cylinder diesel positioned ahead of the rear axle. There is ‘an automatic shift controlled by a knob in the interior’.
From conception to production it has taken 3 years to this point.
How does this compare with the electric car?