VW’s X1 concept car hits 62 miles on one liter of gas

I’m attending the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week. Thursday night, those of us mingling in the conference sponsors’ exhibit hall got quite the treat: Volkswagen (which operates a LEED Platinum plant here in Chattanooga) was on hand to unveil the X1, an uber efficient concept car that’s never been seen in the U.S. before.

Bearing a striking resemblance to the Honda Insight (the Volkswagen people hated it when I said this out loud at the unveiling) the X1 could possibly be the most efficient car in the world.

The two-person plug-in/diesel hybrid looks and feels like a space ship, but no rocket can come close to its MPG.

According to VW, the car was designed to be able to travel 100 km on 1 liter of diesel fuel–the equivalent of 240 miles per gallon!

Unfortunately, production is extremely limited, and with a price tag of nearly $150,000, it’s not hard to see why.

* Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling