New Citroen Oli concept: Affordable EV

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Citroën has revealed the new Oli concept (pronounced all-e) – a precursor to the future model in terms of design, interior and sustainability concepts. In building the Ami electric city sedan, the automaker says that Oli’s idea is based on the idea of ​​reducing the weight and complexity of electric cars, making them cheaper in one time. The design of Oli is as good as the concept.

Measuring 4.2m long, 1.65m high and 1.90m wide, the aesthetic is clearly superior. The main theme of this concept is the difference between straight and vertical lines versus flat and curved surfaces. For example, the roof is flat, the roof and the back carry different things from the vertical windows and the long front and back.

A similar theme can be seen in the design of the headlights and taillights which have horizontal elements along two vertical lines at the top and bottom. Smooth edges are also used compared to smooth edges on the doors and wheel arches. The rear bed, which also gives the Oli its unique silhouette, has a removable and expandable luggage rack to open up cargo space. And while the vertical windshield can be said to challenge the aerodynamic performance, Citroën says a vertical windshield requires the smallest glazed area – thus reducing the cost and weight – which does not need to road aerodynamic performance for its performance deliver (more on that later).

Unlike the exterior, the interior of Oli’s concept is simple and minimal. The dashboard features a single, narrow opening across its width of the steering column and steering wheel on one side, and the familiar port and five-stone engine for the central climate control system. The central trunk is highlighted by a 3D-printed recycled thermoplastic shelf with a flexible “mushroom” that holds things like coffee cups or soda cans in place.

Citroën says that this not only removes the complexity of the infotainment system, but also reduces weight and materials. Similarly, there is no built-in sound system. Each center console has a slot where cylindrical Bluetooth speakers can be replaced to create your own in-car audio system.

Although it’s a concept at the moment, Citroën is aiming for a curb weight of around 1,000kg for the Oli production car, and that’s light for a 4.2m EV. As a result of all the efforts to reduce weight, Citroën says that the Oli does not need a large battery to deliver maximum performance.

The company says the Oli electric car only needs a 40kWh battery to deliver a target range of 400km. The maximum speed will be limited to only 110km / h in the name of efficiency, which is also the reason why the vertical wind does not produce enough air since it will not work at high speeds.

Oli also supports vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-pay (V2L). This means that Oli can be used as a backup power source if the power goes out. It has a 3.6kW power outlet output, so it can theoretically power a 3000W electrical appliance for about 12 hours.

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