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Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Audi Planning 282 MPG Car (Yes, 282 MPG!)

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November 29th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
 
 
Say what?! 282 MPG is a lot. Like, really, a lot. It’s not the 984 MPG equivalent (MPGe) that bikes get, or the 700 MPGe or 315 MPGe pedestrians and runners tend to get, respectively. But other than those human-powered options, 282 MPG may very well be better than any common personal mode of transport I’m aware of. And it’s getting pretty darn close to the efficiency of running, at least.

And, in all seriousness, it looks like Audi is really developing it and will eventually bring it to market… but we’ll have to wait and see. Here’s more from Chris DeMorro (who also mentions a 313 MPG VW I don’t seem to recall reading about):

An Audi executive revealed that the German automaker is working on a project known as the “1.0-litre car” that will seat four people and deliver up to 282 mpg.

In an interview with AutoCar, Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that Audi was working on an ultra-efficient car, based on the A1 platform, that would deliver outstanding fuel efficiency. The “1.0-litre car” will be both affordable and practical, using some kind of hybrid system most likely in conjunction with a small diesel engine.


 
While Durheimer didn’t go into any details, he did say that it won’t use parent company Volkswagen’s two-cylinder diesel that will debut in the 313 mpg XL1 two-seater. I expect we’ll see some sort of plug-in hybrid with a small diesel engine, and Durheimer goes on to add that it will have all the creature comforts you expect from an Audi…though the interior and suspension may be a bit radical in order to shed weight.

If you’ll recall, Durheimer is the same fellow who revealed that Audi was hoping to bring a diesel-hybrid supercar based on their Le Mans-winning design to market in the next few years.

Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing it!

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  • Dave2020

    Don’t get too excited.

    The “282mpg A1 e-tron” is described in the current issue of the Audi Magazine as having four driving modes:

    1.) Electric mode.

    2.) Serial mode.

    3.) Combined mode.

    4.) Conventional mode.

    In electric mode the 3-cylinder 1.5-litre TFSI engine is “deactivated”. It doesn’t say how far the car can travel in this mode, unsurprisingly.

    In the other three modes the 130ps petrol engine is reactivated, of course.

    Anyone care to guess which modes you’d use to get the claimed 282mpg?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      ha. :D

  • jonesey jonesey

    You hadn’t heard of the VW XL1? I read about it on a little site I like to call… CleanTechnica.

    http://cleantechnica.com/2012/10/03/goodbye-vw-bulli-ev-van-hello-313-mpg-xl1/

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      ha, no. saw it, but was apparently wiped from my memory — going through thousands of stories a month occasionally has that effect on me. :D

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