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The 300 mpg XL1 car that Volkswagen released to customers in Germany in 2014 has not been released in the US for many reasons. There are several reasons going around as to why it has not been released in the States and even some rumors.

Many of us have heard it’s because the US is regulating the effects this vehicle would have on the oil industry. However, there are several other reasons regulating the existence of this vehicle in the United States. This car was built to be more fuel efficient and economical, making it an incredible car to hit the market.

It is important to maintain your car properly to reach a higher efficiency and better mileage like the Volkswagen Xl1 does. There are several ways to do this, such as using the correct fuel at the gas station. There are also things to keep in mind when trying to increase your car’s fuel efficiency. Multiple ways for better fuel efficiency influenced all ideas that were built into the Volkswagen XL1 car.

Why the 300 MPG Car is Not Allowed in the US

The 300 mpg car that Volkswagen released was built with efficiency in mind. It drives off both electricity alone and off gasoline. The gas tank is much smaller than your average tank, holding only 2.6 gallons, so the fuel doesn’t age before it is used-the car was designed to travel 100 km off of 1 liter of diesel fuel. This is possible because of the lightweight materials it is made out of, making it lighter than most cars.

There are several realities to the question of why this amazing car has yet to be released in the US. Many might say it is because the US is somehow trying to avoid the implications on profits this car may create for the oil industry and its sales. In reality, this may not be true and there are other more realistic reasons.

There are only 200 units of this car being produced and released for sale only in Europe for now. A big reason for sales only starting in Europe is that they’re expensive to produce and this has not been a huge success on the market in the US. The XL1 is still a concept vehicle in many ways and costs close to $150,000 in the US, which is hard to afford for most Americans. Another reason is that the US has several safety standards that the manufacturer is not willing to put out due to the cost it would take to certify these vehicles under these standards.

How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

While these 300 mpg cars were built with fuel efficiency in mind, there are steps anyone can take to increase their own fuel efficiency. Just like Volkswagen’s car, a lightweight vehicle can really help make your fuel perform better – you want to make sure you keep your car’s load light. Your tires can also be a very important contribution to accomplishing this. Make sure you buy the narrowest tire for your car and keep them at a proper inflation level.

Another idea is the type of fuel you are putting in your car. Try and buy quality fuel as much as possible. Many gas stations sell what they call “top tier detergent gasoline,” which meets certain specifications for increased detergency levels that help to keep a cleaner engine. This will help your emissions, fuel economy and your car’s performance overall. Also, avoid fuel with high percentages of ethanol in it.

Try and make sure you are driving your vehicle in the proper way to help with your fuel efficiency. Try to not be aggressive on the road and drive safe. You should try and stay within the speed limit for instance and not hit your brakes too abruptly by practicing the 3-second rule, which is staying 3 seconds behind the car in front of you. When you drive smart, you can lower the wear and tear on your vehicle as well.

Maintaining Your Car for Better Mileage

When you own a vehicle, you always need to keep in mind the factory recommended maintenance of that vehicle. It is important to visit local shops to help take care of your car on a regular basis. The better condition your car is in, the farther and easier it can go in mileage.

One of the most important things to do is to tune up your engine to maximize its power. There are several parts to replace regularly on a car that can help with your fuel and mileage such as the air filter. A dirty air filter can really affect your fuel economy because the engine and transmission have to work harder to pull air in. Make sure you are choosing the correct oil when getting an oil change. Using ones with synthetic oil additive can increase your gas mileage but you will need to stick with it.

Other vital maintenance things to remember is keeping your fluids topped off including the transmission fluid. Make sure the fluids are filled and clean. Your mileage can vary depending on the time of year but making sure everything is working properly can greatly increase your odds.


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