Citroën says that it is not a car, but “an extension of everyday life as useful when driving as when not”. And it is that its mission is to offer 100% electric and simple mobility for everyone, which improves people’s daily lives and with the least possible impact on the environment. For this reason, among other reasons, the Citroën Oli (as it is pronounced ‘all-ë’, about all electric in English) is not heavy or bulky, since its target weight, around 1,000 kg, makes it much lighter than most comparable compact SUVs.
As a result, its 100% electric mechanics only need a 40 kWh battery to offer a range of up to 400 kilometers. By limiting the top speed to 110 km/h to maximize efficiency, its excellent consumption of 10 kWh/100 km is realistic, and charging from 20% to 80% is completed in 23 minutes.
More than an electric car, an electric ‘device’
As a useful electrical device, it would fit as a point of connection between the solar panels of a house (which can intermittently produce a surplus of energy that can be returned to the network) or to alleviate the need for electricity of a consumer in an emergency, for example, in case of a power outage.
Featuring the intelligent ‘Vehicle to Grid’ (V2G) function, the prototype offers the possibility for its owner to earn money by storing excess energy from the home’s solar panels and selling it to energy providers, as well as helping to manage power problems when there is a peak in demand or a network outage.
In addition, thanks to its ‘Vehicle to Load’ (V2L) function and by using its 40 kWh battery, with a 3.6 kW power outlet (the equivalent of a 230 V and 16 Ah domestic plug), the Oli It can theoretically power a 3,000W electrical device for about 12 hours.
Its measurements are similar to those of any compact SUV, with 4.20 meters in length, 1.65 in height, and 1.90 in width. Its flat bonnet, roof, and tailgate panels, as well as allowing the car to have a unique body, have been chosen to meet the goals of low weight, high strength, and maximum durability.
They have been built from recycled cardboard with a fiberglass-reinforced honeycomb structure. With this, the weight is reduced by 50% compared to equivalents made of steel, but their rigidity allows, for example, an adult stands on them.
The windshield is vertical because that way the distance between the top and the bottom is shorter and requires less glass, in addition to reducing its weight and complexity. And yes, it is less aerodynamic, but with this car, you are not going to go 200 km/h.
Even so, it has an experimental system of aerodynamic channels called “Aero Duct” between the front section of the hood and the flat top panel that diverts air towards the windscreen, creating a curtain effect that softens the flow of air over the roof.
The striking windscreen frame is covered in glossy vinyl in an infrared finish, a new color that Citroën will use alongside its new brand identity.
The large horizontal windows are slightly angled towards the ground to help reduce the effects of the sun, and the simple manual opening of the windows, similar to those used in the Citroën Ami, provides ventilation and fresh air.
Regarding the rear, instead of the usual trunk or tailgate, the Oli has a spacious pick-up box with quick and easy access. Its wheels have been made with a mixture of aluminum and steel and are 20 inches. Also, the tires are Goodyear prototypes that combine sustainability with durability. It has a useful life of up to 500,000 kilometers thanks to the reusability of the sustainable casing and a tread depth of 11 millimeters that can be renewed twice before its usefulness ends.
Citroen Oli Interior, above all, useful
Instead of a full dashboard with multiple screens and hidden computers, the Oli features a single symmetrical crossbar that spans the width of the vehicle from which the steering column and steering wheel hang on one side, a smartphone holder, and five switches. identified toggle levers for the HVAC system in the center.
In particular, in this space, the Oli only uses 34 components, while a comparable compact uses around 75 elements on its dashboard and center console.
The crossbar has an electrified rail where accessories can be plugged in via USB sockets that slide along it. This is ideal for powering different devices, such as a coffee maker for a trip or a long wait.
Behind and below the crossbar is a bright orange 3D-printed and recyclable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) storage platform with flexible mushrooms that hold items like coffee cups or soda cans in place. Even the speakers go with Bluetooth to save traditional wiring.
The seats are 3D-printed mesh, feature a recycled seat cushion, and integrated headrest, and are inspired by modern office furniture. They are anchored to the ground with a kind of silent block that also dampens vibrations and road imperfections that the Progressive Hydraulic Shock Absorbers cannot filter.
In addition, the floor is covered with a highly elastic and waterproof coating that can be easily cleaned with a hose. The recyclable TPU drain plugs on the floor allow all this dirty water to be removed after washing.
The overall cost of ownership will be low, but if a door, headlight, or bumper needs to be replaced, recycled parts can be obtained through Citroën from other Oli that are no longer usable.