The Citroen Oli is the company’s latest take on electric mobility, and it’s just as quirky and quirky as the 2020 launch Ami. The Oli is an urban pick-up designed for simplicity, durability and affordability while previewing the characteristics of a future Citroen vehicle.
The French automaker deliberately designed the Ollie (pronounced all e) with exaggerated styling, which looks like this. The company went with a straight windshield because it reduced the amount of glass needed and reduced the occupant’s sun exposure. Citroen estimates that the windshield can reduce the AC system’s demand on batteries by 17 percent, and this is just one example of how the company focused on simplicity in design.
Many of Citroen’s features were designed to reduce complexity while using recycled and recycled materials. The seats have only 8 sections compared to 37 for a conventional SUV seat, using a tubular frame and 3D printed mesh backrest. This is an 80% reduction. That ethos also affects the rest of the interior, with the Ollie’s dash and center console using 34 sections compared to a family hatch that uses around 75.
Citroen reduced the weight of the doors by removing the speakers, soundproofing, and electric wiring, saving about 7 kilograms (15 pounds) per door, which are designed for maximum storage. Removing the traditional sound system and replacing it with a removable Bluetooth speaker and smartphone dock saved 250 kg (551 lb). The hood, roof, and truck bed sides are made from recycled corrugated cardboard sandwiched between fiberglass panels, weighing only 6 kg (13 lb) and capable of supporting the weight of an adult. .
The company designed the Ollie with a target of 1,000 kg (2,204 lb). With its 40 kWh battery, the EV has an estimated range of 400 km (249 mi). The battery can charge from 20 to 80 percent in 23 minutes while supporting vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-grid charging capabilities. Citroen limits its top speed to 110 km/h (68 mph), focusing on urban mobility rather than high performance. The car also features the company’s new logo.
“Oli is a working platform for exploring realistic ideas for future production,” says Lawrence Hansen, the company’s head of product development. “They won’t all come together, nor in the physical form you see here, but the high level of innovation is influencing future Citroens.”
Electric vehicles have the opportunity to change the way we get around. Citroen Ami and Oli show how these new powertrains can enhance vehicle design and construction. An increase in charging stations will also change EVs, with more chargers reducing the need for vehicles with a 400-mile range. Larger batteries are heavier, require more power to move, and take longer to charge.