The Car That Almost Was

Eric Peters – The Unz Review July 24, 2019

In the department of What Might Have Been, we find a car almost no one who isn’t a car industry insider has ever heard of – but which very nearly was.

You haven’t heard of it for good reason.

Well, good reason . . . from the point of view of other insiders. The ones inside the government.

It is a car VW briefly brought out to show what could be done – and just as quickly withdrew. Probably because it showed what could be done.

This car was powered by a 1 liter diesel engine and achieved a verified 170 miles-per-gallon. With its hybrid drive engaged, the mileage rose to an incredible 235 MPG. Put another way, on about two gallons of diesel, this VW could go almost 500 miles before it needed more diesel. And it would only need two more gallons to travel another almost 500 miles.

How long does it take to pump 2 gallons of diesel? Not much longer than it took you to read this article so far.

How long does it take to recharge an electric car? At least as long as it takes to read a couple of chapters of Moby Dick.

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How much does two gallons of diesel cost? About six bucks at current prices – to go about 500 miles. Free transportation, almost – and with almost no emissions produced, including the new “emission” (carbon dioxide). When you burn almost no fuel, you emit almost no emissions.

Fewer emissions than electric cars – which require a lot more energy to go 500 miles than that contained in two gallons of diesel.

It is probably beginning to occur to you whyyou never heard about the L1 – the name VW gave to its diesel-hybrid prototype, which has gone the way of the 100 MPG carburetor.

Except the VW was real.

VW had publicly stated its intention to get a production car based on the L1 to market by 2013. This was the apogee of VW’s diesel engine juggernaut, which had expanded to include compression-ignition offerings of almost every car it made. These were not expensive cars; they were cars almost anyone who could afford a new car could afford.

You could buy TDI-powered Golfs and Beetles and Jettas for about $22K that could peg 50-plus on the highway, which was (and still is) nearly as good as the hyper-miling plug-in Prius but much less expensive and without the battery pack and motors.

These cars were also about half the price of the least expensive electric cars then (and still) available and came without the range limitations or the recharge hassles.

Something had to be done.

It was.

VW found itself the focus of a curiously severe inquisition over picayune – almost unmeasurable – variances in exhaust emissions. Nothing that made any measurable difference in terms of air quality, at any rate.

Such variances happen often – federal regulatory rigmarole being recondite rigmarole – but these discrepancies are usually – actually, always – sorted out between the government regulators and the car companies without the severe inquisition.

Except this time.

In a historically unprecedented action, VW executives were criminally charged – and frog-marched in irons before judges, who bore down on them with the threat of hard time harder than that given to murderers – over angels-dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin regulatory infractions which have caused no demonstrable harm to anyone.

But the L1 – and VW’s diesel engine program – threatened a great deal of harm to the then-nascent electrification putsch which was just getting under way in 2013 and which – six years later – is now ready to seize power, literally.

VW’s diesel program had to be stopped. And was.

The L1 and production car derivates were aborted;the L1 itself has been memory holed; it is so unknown it might as well never have existed.

This memory immolation was absolutely necessary in order to avoid the problem of unhappy comparisons between what was possible – what was on the verge of becoming available . . . and what is being forced down our throats.

While the L1 was a very small car intended as a commuter car, one can extrapolate from the capability of a 1 liter diesel to the likely capabilities of a 1.4 or so liter diesel in a subcompact car one notch smaller than the current Golf – which, recall, could get 50 on the highway with a 2.0 TDI diesel.

Maybe not 170 MPG. But probably at least 70 MPG – and for a lot less than the cost of an electric-powered mobility-reducer such as VW’s eGolf – which costs time as well as money.

It goes about 120 miles on a charge – and costs $31,000 to start.

It doesn’t take less time than it took you to read this article to recharge. It makes you sweat – literally – whether to use the AC on a hot day. And shiver as you ponder whether to turn on the heat on a cold day.

The L1 and VW’s now-defunct line of diesel-powered cars let you run the AC full blast all the time with no appreciable effect on the range. You stayed cozy on cold days – because it costs nothing, energy-wise, to run the heat as high as you liked.

Most ironically of all, VW’s ultra-efficient diesels were environmentally sounder than the electric cars being foisted upon us, if only because almost everyone could afford to drive one while most people cannot afford to drive an electric car.

What is the benefit of a “zero emissions” electric car if it’s too expensive for all but a small handful of people with the means to buy one?

Wouldn’t it be more “environmentally sound” to reduce the emissions of the cars driven by average people by whole numbers via double-digit gains in MPGs as opposed to curb-stomping VW over fractions of whole numbers differences on some arcane federal test?

Such questions don’t bear asking – because of the answers which might be forthcoming.

They must be memory-holed.

Along with the L1.


7 responses to “The Car That Almost Was”

  1. we are living in a virtual world ruled and controlled by the Pharisees and Goyim Haters.

    Here again a German Invention and a gigantic German development scrapped.
    BTW scrapped by their own German Government which is being paid by the German taxpayers.

    The country of Germany, as the Heart of Western Europe, is being economically destroyed with full happiness and knowledge by their politicians and government officials of their own country. They know it and just go on into oblivion.

    To be clear:
    we are living in a virtual world ruled and controlled by the Pharisees and Goyim Haters.

  2. The idea of Mr Churchill and his Master Rothschild is still alive and well: Germany has to be removed from the map.

  3. The late Mr Churchill: “Germany is a danger to our Economy and Trade”.

  4. The way cars have been continually down sized since the mid sixties and their engines have been made smaller and smaller and with less and less horsepower are clues about why the L1 operation was shut down.

    The Jewish overlords don’t want goyim to have guns or powerful cars. Bankster Jews want goyim to have cars which cannot be used to outrun police or escape from police, cars that can be remotely controlled by police, cars that cannot be used to resist Jewish oppression.

    The devil and his children are control freaks, tyrants who fear being overthrown because of their evil rule.

  5. What isn’t yet obvious is why the (Rothschild) oil companies want to ban the use of oil. No more (free) supermarket plastic bags (made from oil), no more plastic drinking straws, plastic products being demonised everywhere, only sometimes rightly, and now (((they))) are planning to ban the use of oil products as fuel, not just in vehicles, but home heating as well.

    It makes no economic sense for the oil companies to ban their own products, so what’s really going on?

    Roads are no longer properly maintained, with long-overdue “repairs” being carried out to such a poor standard that the potholes return within a few weeks.

    The rail network is a mess.

    Air travel is next as part of (((their))) idiotic “climate change” SCAM.

    (Btw, can anyone recall a decade when there WASN’T a moronic “end of the world” scare story circulating?)

    We are told that in Russia under (((communism))) personal travel was strictly controlled, with permits to travel known as “internal passports”. Are we headed in that direction here?

    Whenever energy is converted from one form to another, there will inevitably be losses, so even if we blindly accept the “climate” nonsense and ignore the inconveniently-long charging times, electric vehicles will always result in MORE overall pollution. It’s just being moved from the roads to the power stations, most of which still use the incorrectly-named “fossil fuels”.

  6. I have a keen interest in fuel efficient cars and like to turn wrenches on them. I have owned 9 Geo Metros that got 52 -63 mpg. They are dirt cheap to buy used, easy to fix, cheap to drive. In the Amerikan hell culture such little inexpensive cars are ridiculed and are the but end of jokes.

    Diesel engines are more fuel efficient and overcoming the lack of acceleration has been a challenge for engineers. The other problem is that they are hard to work on for the average backyard mechanic and thus diesel owners must have deep pockets.

  7. I once knew a brilliant inventor who developed a type of engine that basically ran on water. He “disappeared” and was never seen again.

    Word is a lot of the notebooks of Nikola Tesla “disappeared” after his death as well. From what I’ve read, Tesla firmly believed he could develop a safe method of wireless power transmission, power that could be generated by the magnetic field of the earth itself. The greed-mongering powers-that-be couldn’t allow that.