Citroen Oli EV Concept

Citroen Oli EV Concept

Citroen Oli EV Concept Is A Quirky Truck Made From Recycled Materials

Citroen's latest electric vehicle is as quirky and odd as the 2020 Ami. The Oli is a simple, affordable urban pickup that previews future Citroen features.

The French automaker purposely built the Oli (pronounced all-e) with exaggerated style, with form following function. The company went with an upright windshield because it cut down on the amount of glass needed and reduced the occupant's exposure to the sun.

Citroen thinks that the windscreen might reduce AC battery demand by 17 percent. It's just one example of how the business concentrated on simplicity in the design.

Many of Citroen's features were developed to reduce complexity while employing recycled and recyclable materials. The seats contain just 8 elements compared to 37 in a standard SUV seat, employing tubular frames and 3D-printed mesh backrests.

That's an 80-percent reduction. That ethos also affects the rest of the interior, with Oli's dash and center console utilizing 34 parts compared to a family hatch that uses around 75.

Citroen reduced the weight of the doors, which are designed to maximize storage, by removing the speakers, soundproofing, and electric wiring, saving around 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of weight per door. 250 kg was saved by replacing the sound system with Bluetooth speakers and a smartphone dock (551 lbs).

The hood, top, and truck bed sides are fashioned from recyclable corrugated cardboard sandwiched between fiberglass panels, weighing just 6 kg (13 lbs) and capable of bearing the weight of a human.

Oli was designed to weigh 1,000kg (2,204 pounds). With its 40-kilowatt-hour battery, the EV has an estimated range of 400 km (249 mi) (249 mi).

The battery can charge from 20 to 80 percent in 23 minutes while supporting vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-load capabilities.

Citroen limits its top speed to 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour), focusing on urban mobility and not high performance. The new logo is on the car.

"Oli is a working platform to explore clever concepts that are viable for future production," says Laurence Hansen, the company's head of product development. "They won't all come together, nor in this shape, but the level of innovation is inspiring future Citroens."

Electric cars can change how we travel. The Citroen Ami and Oli reveal how these new powertrains can increase the variety of vehicles automakers design and build.

Increased charging stations will change EVs, reducing the need for 400-mile range vehicles. Large batteries are heavy, require more power to move, and take longer to charge.