While most automakers are scrambling to hit triple-digit mpg ratings, Volkswagen has already broken that barrier and then some. Now, the automaker is pushing ahead with a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid that would deliver up to 214 mpg combined. (That number is based on European test procedures, so it could vary from EPA estimates.)
VW plans to debut the Twin-Up concept car at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. In addition to averaging just 43 grams of CO2 emissions per mile, the Twin-Up would have an “e-mode” function that would enable you to drive more than 30 miles using solely electric power, letting out zero emissions the entire time.
Volkswagen created the Twin-Up concept using the top features of two other innovative models in its lineup: the general appearance of VW’s Up city car, and the powertrain resembling that of the futuristic VW XL1. The Twin-Up’s powertrain will be similar to the XL1’s hybrid system and will consist of an 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor, along with a lithium-ion battery pack.