Volkswagen Announces 256 MPG Diesel Hybrid for LA Auto Show

Volkswagen Announces 256 MPG Diesel Hybrid for LA Auto Show

VW Twin Up!

I’m always interested in economical transportation options so this article from Gas2.org caught my eye. It talks about a new Volkswagen new diesel-electric hybrid car — the Twin Up! — which will debut later this month at the LA Auto show. The Twin Up! is certainly not a muscle car, having a small 47 hp, 800 cc diesel engine and electric hybrid drivetrain, but it’s a 4 door passenger car that could be attractive to many drivers. It will take 15.7 seconds to reach 62 mph, but can get to 37 mph in 8.8 seconds. Volkswagen claims that the car will yield a fuel consumption of 256.8 mpg (UK gallons — US equivalent = 214 mpg)

Personally, I’m much more interested in how economical car is, rather than how much get-up-and-go it has, or how attractive it looks. If I can get from point A to point B in reasonable comfort and safety, I am interested. Transportation costs are some of the biggest expenses that many households face, and fuel economy is important to many drivers these days. Of course, the price of the vehicle will play a large part in how economical a choice it is, and I can’t find any reference to how much the Twin Up! will sell for.

While we look at LENR as a possible energy source for transportation here, it’s likely to quite a while before anyone will be able to buy an LENR-powered car. Technologies like this one could play an important role in transportation for some time to come.

  • Christopher Calder

    I use to own a 1980 Volkswagen diesel Rabbit and it only had 48 horsepower. I drove it coast to coast several times and had no problems. I even got a speeding ticket in Montana for doing 75 mph at night. The only problem I ever had with the car was the diesel fuel freezing up in very cold weather. A fuel heater would solve that problem.

    • Omega Z

      You can’t judge today’s horsepower ratings with car ratings in the past.
      Overtime they changed the way they calculated it in the Horsepower Wars.
      Your Rabbit would be rated much higher today without changing anything. Probably in the 130Hp range. Just a Sales point/gimmicks. Why. It sells more cars.
      Compare it to the Megapixel wars. They provide a larger image, but not necessarily more details. Details are actually determined by the cmos sensor.
      More Gimmick then fact. But it sells more cameras or new phones.
      Most sales gimmicks involve perceptions & the peoples lack of understanding of the basics.

  • Allan Shura

    Basically what can be done depends on the commitment to do it. Note that
    Volkswagen is not so frightened of exposure and we can see one running.
    Sorry but I find something a bit strange about the length of time for U/A
    certification of the water heater version of the e-cat. With somethng so important
    it might have been prudent to use more than one certification company. Of course
    this is speculation since this is all we have with the teasers of a year or two ago.

  • Iggy Dalrymple

    I like the idea of hybrids where you’ve got your own on-board
    fossil-fueled tow-truck (or fossil-fueled electric power plant).

  • Omega Z

    “37 mph in 8.8 seconds.”

    Not good in the U.S. This would require avoiding most major intersections in the U.S. or risk getting ran over. Lights would require re-timing or only 1 vehicle would get thru the intersection per light cycle. Already a problem due to people texting after the light turns green. Road Rage Rises.

    Anyway, This is good mileage hype when it comes to marketing, but all their really doing is combining new Super Efficient Diesels with improved battery technology. More of this should follow. Hopefully they’ll improve the performance at least by 25% or repeat sales wont follow. Similar to the existing EV sales.

    2 issues with electrics & hybrids is the mpg E ratings. 1-Their still not standardized in the industries calculations & 2-Their inflated equivalents. Kind of like Gasoline 40 mpg rating actually getting 35 mpg in the real world.

    Another Issue as shown here. Imperial Gallon verses U.S. Gallons.
    Don’t know how many arguments on the internet I’ve seen over why Europeans can obtain higher mileage then U.S. Vehicles. A Larger volume Gallon plays a big factor in the numbers. I’ve seen many a Politician play on this lack of understanding by the Public for political purposes. Most of this is used to intentionally keep the people divided on issues.

    There’s a reason to keep people divided. Should the people come together, they will expect accountability from their Politicians. And this they don’t want.
    This would dilute their power & personal Agendas…

    • Job001

      The US gallon equivalent of 214 mpg is shown vs 256.8 mpg Imperial, it is not an issue. Likewise, we need not promote road rage, road rage is never acceptable. Legally anyone can drive their speed at less than maximum proscribed speed limits and stop anytime for any reason including butterflies or unicorns.
      The technology is interesting, matching a small generator engine to average needs rather than peak needs means the engine can work at a maximum efficient point most of the time, clever design, IMHO.

      • Omega Z

        I think you misinterpreted both my points.
        To Start, I at one time also tried to measure by price before realizing I was measuring the wrong metrics. A Common mistake I believe as you have a couple thumbs up.

        This has nothing to due with cheap or expensive Electricity, but miles per unit of energy. HOW Many miles to the Kilowatt. Manufactures use different data variables to calculate this. Two different manufactures could calculate this VW mpg coming up with major differences in that number. The Manufacturer will naturally fudge toward the higher number. It’s a sales point. My car gets better mpg then yours even tho it may not be factual. And this has been seen in the Industry.

        We need an International Standard to keep them honest.
        To be honest, This is not simple, but quite complex. To many variables, the biggest being who is behind the wheel. Everyone drives different. The Best we can hope for is a reasonable average. Regulations are still struggling with the Gasoline mpg average. Now we have blended 2 technologies into a hybrid. The mileage for this VW is suspect. The standards are not in place to fairly/properly evaluate them.

        You have “2” major elements here that give Manufactures incentive to fudge the Numbers.
        1. Government Requirements to reach Average Fleet MPG Rates.
        2. Attracting enough high mpg Customers to meet the above.
        It’s Complex- They have to sell a certain number of high mpg vehicles to offset the number of low mpg vehicles to meet that Fleet Average. They have 2 primary tools to accomplish this. MPG & Prices. Higher prices reduce sales & fudging mpg can increase them.

        My other point Is an issue in the U.S. at least. U.S. Gallon verses Imperial Gallon.
        We know there’s a difference between metric & U.S. Standard.
        But to many- A Gallon is a Gallon. So the argument is why does the same model of car get better mpg in Europe verse the U.S. Must be a conspiracy to make Americans buy more gas.
        Reality Check
        U.S. Gallon 3.79 L
        Imperial Gallon 4.546 L
        OR 20% more gas in an Imperial Gallon. 20% more mpg.
        It’s easy to lose a winning argument with a surprising number of people
        That can’t get past the Gallon is a Gallon.

        • Job001

          Yep, understood. With spoken communication body language can be 95%. Here, tone, emphasis, clarity, concise writing, implied motives and/or bias are not negligible.