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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen’s XL1

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Studio III's Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen's XL1

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

Amazing and surrounded by controversy – here in the US at any rate: Volkswagen’s XL1 is one of the most efficient vehicles to ever hit the highways with 261 Miles Per Gallon!

Photo slide show and info: http://why.vw.com/stories#/stories/show/id/23011
Video: http://translogic.aolautos.com/2014/02/24/volkswagen-xl1-translogic-150/

The rumor is, you can NOT get this car in the US because the Government has banned it!?
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/621155-volkswagen-xl1-banned-in-united-states-because-its-too-fuel-efficient/

The rebuttal to this allegation or truth of the matter is; http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

So the debunking presents its case as a slam dunk “shut up, end of story!”-type rebuttal and I think it’s actually quite right.

But really…the “shut up, end of story!” is that there is no excuse for not having a “people’s car” that can average double or triple the MPG of today’s typical family car (22mpg…yeah lets be real there too, 18 to 26mpg for the average family, which is disgraceful). We can’t make technology like this affordable to the masses but we can issue a 4 billion dollar subsidies to the oil industry every year, and yet we have a climate change issue that will most likely change the world’s understanding of the ”cold reality of economics”. It is mostly a political issue that needs to change for the sake of the planet and all creatures that call it home…like us. So why no change in policies? Seriously, anyone out there have a thought to share?

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Author: Studio III Architecture

Studio III Architecture is led by Vermont Architect Gregor Masefield, AIA, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Studio III's architects are NCARB Certified and hold licenses in Vermont and New York.

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