The Legendary VW XL-1

Aptera Community Solar EV Industry News The Legendary VW XL-1

Aptera Community Solar EV Industry News The Legendary VW XL-1

  • The Legendary VW XL-1

     Alain Chuzel updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    September 1, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve never really read much about the VW XL-1. I’m realizing now I want one. I like Aptera more, but this thing is crazy cool too. We need this sort of thing too in mass production.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFoNWEK84RU

    https://youtu.be/ozqSdnkYxJM

  • Alain Chuzel

    Member
    September 1, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    A few moons ago (early 2014) there was an outfit pitching EV motors and controllers that was trying to get their hands on one of these for the purpose of converting it to solar electric. They contacted me for custom solar. We built them a bunch of weirdly shaped 800 gram per square meter solar panels with 22%-ish SunPower cells and when they couldn’t get one of the VW XL-1’s they put the solar panels on a golf cart…..

    • Peter Jorgensen

      Member
      September 2, 2022 at 6:59 am

      If Aptera didn’t exist… I’d pay a lot for one of these with an EV drivetrain and solar.

      Why didn’t they just put it on a gen 1 Honda Insight?

      • Alain Chuzel

        Member
        September 2, 2022 at 7:29 am

        “Why didn’t they just put it on a gen 1 Honda Insight?” Great question. My sense at the time was the outfit was struggling and they began to really, really cut corners and all they had in hand was an electric golf cart. Kinda sad….

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