REALITY: 300 mpg from a normal production car – the Volkswagen XL1
REALITY: 300 mpg from a normal production car – the Volkswagen XL1
Jim Stone, April 5 2014
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 leisurly 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 highway driving, 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 rememer how I laughed at the Smart Fortwo, because even a full size 4 door Chevy 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 hyrid full size station wagon counterpart – the Jetta TDI blue motion wagon (Img 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
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 Vokswagen 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.
The following blows Snope’s core argument away:
To address Snope’s lie that there is no conspiracy to keep these cars out of America, the XL1 is a Non conforming vehicle, which cannot be brought to compliance for completely arbitrary reasons, and if it is brought by someone to America for over a month and discovered by the FED, it will be crushed because it cannot ever meet arbitrary “compliance rules” which mandate certain emissions parts be present that would wreck it’s efficiency. DEAR SNOPES: Please reference that particular federal document I linked here, which clearly states it will be destroyed for non compliance in your rip on this web site and answer the big question: WHY IS AMERICA SO MUCH BETTER THAN EUROPE THAT IT CANNOT HAVE THIS CAR WITHOUT QUESTION? DOES IT SMOKE TOO MUCH WHEN DELIVERING 300 MPG? HOW COULD IT SMOKE AT ALL WITH EFFICIENCY THAT HIGH? WHAT COMPLIANCE STANDARD IN AMERICA MAKES EUROPEANS SUCH SLOBS?
To address your $150,000 dollar claims, Yep, they are true with a but, and it is a BIG BUT: Volkswagen is eating that cost and selling them a lot cheaper than production cost just to prove they work, and even at $150,000, they would STILL fly out the door. And the production cost is only that high because this car has no automated assembly line set up for it, they are all hand made and I would beg to question why. If AL GORE was legitimate in his concern for the earth, he would see this 300 mpg carbon snuffer as a planetary dream come true and PAY volkswagen to set up a real assembly line. I would like to know why Volkswagen has not done that? threats? Can’t do it in THIS DAY AND AGE? Certainly they can’t say “no one would buy it”. And if that real assembly line was set up, and the cars were not all hand made, they would be DIRT CHEAP.
But as you know dear Snopes, with all your credibility on the line, the real reason they won’t set up production for something that obviously works perfect and COULD SAVE THE PLANET is because Global Warming is a hoax, Peak Oil is a hoax, the energy shortage is a hoax, and if it was NOT all a hoax these cars would be heavily subsidized and we would be forced to drive them.
But THE BIG HOAX is too valuable to let go of, the real goal is control of the population and to guilt trip people into believing now they have to live as little slave peons because they “destroyed the planet”. The XL1 HAS TO REMAIN A MYTH for the lies that will lead to mankind’s eventual slavery under agenda 21 to work, for the carbon tax to fill Al the Gore’s pockets, and for the outrageously high fuel prices to remain reasonably profitable. They can’t technically raise fuel prices any higher, especially for diesel engines because vegetable oil will work in them and 300 mpg far surpasses the economic threshold for just using cooking oil
Dear snopes, you have been vetted as a WORTHLESS NWO ENSLAVE MANKIND TRASH RAG, Doing battle with this particular web site will amount to an attempt to hurt yourself, rebutting what is here will only help me because my readers are not stupid and people who have never heard of me will find their way here. HOW ABOUT RIPPING THE FUKUSHIMA REPORT, AND LINKING TO IT? Ready for that much self inflicted damage? Why not do THAT? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF?
I know what I have to say: Don’t miss the add on piece of this puzzle below this re-posted article titled “the truth behind the engine that runs on water”, which explains how water injection is the holy grail of fuel efficiency.
DEAR SNOPES: UNTIL THIS CAR IS ALLOWED INTO AMERICA I WILL REMAIN 100 PERCENT CORRECT, LIKE IT OR NOT. AND IF IT DOES FIND ITS WAY HERE, IT WILL BE DUE TO PRESSURE EXERTED BY THIS WEB SITE AND THOSE WHO RE-POST WHAT IS HERE. YOU CANNOT BURY A TRUTH THIS OBVIOUS WITH A FEW DUBIOUS REFERENCES AND INSULTS, WHO DO YOU WORK FOR ANYWAY? THE AUTHOR OF YOUR LIE WAS NOT LISTED. WHY? WOULD TELLING LIES THEY WAY YOU DID AMOUNT TO CAREER SUICIDE?
The truth behind the engine that runs on water
Since water has it’s two elements – hydrogen and oxygen – at their lowest possible energy state absent exposure of the oxygen to an alkaline metal, you cannot run an engine on water, and any chemist will tell you that. But it is possible to increase fuel economy by up to 8x by getting rid of intentionally stifled intake design while putting water in with the fuel, and THAT is the big buried secret.
It should be possible to get a carbureted vehicle to show you the effect just by providing a water mist at the carburetor throat, but the above concept would need direct cylinder injection of water pre heated to 700 farenheit to be optimized.
The concept is simple – once water hits 700 degrees farenheit, the steam pressure is 3,000 psi. This could easily blow the engine absent precise computer control we can now accomplish cheaply. The whole “water in a diesel will destroy it” meme has NOTHING to do with hydrolocking, though shills will say otherwise, it has to do with the fact that in a diesel the compression cycle causes extreme temperatures and will blow the engine up from steam pressure if sufficient water is taken in. That is how much power steam has, but if correctly harnessed and controlled, the steam produced by water injection could easily drive us far into the future.
Absolutely no material in the world will provide more expansion than water, and expansion is what drives the engine. If you precisely regulated the water intake at the correct temperature with computerized control, it would allow you to get rid of the radiator and run close to 100 percent efficient because all the heat that goes out the exhaust and radiator would be turned into expansion from water vaporizing inside the engine, which would provide power rather than go to waste.
The magic number for max steam pressure is an easily acheived 700 degrees farenheit. Water’s expansion curve is not linear, it is exponential with temperature rise and 700 degree water, in liquid form as saturated steam, will provide 3000 PSI of pressure to drive the engine. That would blow it up if enough water was injected to maintain that pressure inside the cylinders. This is the holy grail of otto cycle efficiency, and don’t fall for the shillage that speaks about hydrolocking, cylinder fracturing from temperature variances and piston degradation, BECAUSE:
Hydrolocking would only happen if you incredibly severely over injected to such an extent I doubt it would be possible with any injector you would find, and temperature swings that would cause piston and cylinder degradation can be handled by ceramic coatings and pre heating the water to 700 farenheit with the exhaust manifold prior to injection. At 700 farenheit, water is saturated steam and will not provide cooling, so temperature swings and subsequent metal fatigue will be minimized if water is injected at that temperature. The only problems that would arise would be quenching the flame if too much water was injected, or over charging the engine with too much steam pressure from too much (but less than the aforementioned) water injection or overeheating the engine if you omitted the radiator and then injected 700 farenheit water. 600 farenheit would be a better target temperature for the water because half of the water’s cooling potential is within that last 100 degrees. Then downsize the radiator and run the engine a little hotter with specialized coolants now widely in use.
When all the cards are on the table, It is expansion, and ONLY EXPANSION which drives the engine, the big trick is how to optimize that expansion and increase efficiency. Computer controlled pre heated water injection into a ceramic coated combustion chamber is, according to simple chemistry and physics, the obvious #1 way to accomplish extra expansion and maximize efficiency