VW claims they will make a road-legal version of their L1 concept.
I love this idea. Small, light, aerodynamic, relatively simple.
No battery technology to wait for, nothing special. Just a small diesel engine. Rumors are that it will be 300-500 CCs.
Of course it won't get 230 MPG in production form. But I would think 100-130 may be doable.
But in order for this to work, I would think they would have to market it as the car to get in addition to the family car. The car that would be used for JUST commuting. In order for that to work, the price needs to be 10-15K.
Not sure if this is the route they're taking as far as price. We'll see. But if it is less than 20K, I will likely have one in my driveway.
It would provide for 95% of my transportation needs. I feel like I'm wasting so much driving 2100 lbs around that can seat 4 and plenty of trunk space. I don't need all that 95% or more of the time.
My 105 mile/day commute would be a LOT cheaper. I wouldn't care so much if gas was $10/gal w/ something like this. If they don't come out with it, I may have to come up w/ one myself!
96 Hyundai Accent 5 Spd
I think VW needs to rethink the idea of keeping it 4-wheeled. A 3-wheeler could be engineered to be very safe, but not have to actually pass the arbitrary federal testing. Regardless, anybody driving a car that small knows that they are mincemeat under the wheels of an SUV.