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Little by little, brands are beginning to explore electrification on a more popular scale, given that practically all manufacturers are betting on ‘putting’ batteries into large, heavy and very expensive cars. Attacking smaller segments has its importance too, as the Dacia Springa little crossover whose sales do not stop growing given its excellent price-technology-autonomy ratio. In that line is the latest from Citroën. It is called Oli (All-ë) and anticipates the concept and certain features of a fairly real production model, as long as we leave aside all the paraphernalia of the showcars.
Characteristics of the Citroën Oli
Citroën says that the Oli is an “optimistic laboratory on wheels that reveals (…) ingenious ideas for tomorrow”. Not only does it do so because of an attractive off-road-type body that is modular and of which the brand’s design department is especially proud, but because of the set of solutions that the vehicle represents with a view to taking them to production, such as the possibility to travel up to 400 kilometers with a load or a weight of only 1,000 kilograms, practically like an extinct C1 being much larger. To achieve this, Oli presents interesting proposals that we are going to break down at different points.
- Length: 4.20 meters
- Width: 1.90 meters
- Height: 1.65 meters
- Habitability: four passengers
- Battery capacity: 40 kWh
- Suspension: Advanced Comfort shock absorbers
- Weight: 1,000 kilos
- Maximum speed: 110 kilometers / hour
- Average consumption: 10 kWh/100
- Charge: 20% to 80% in 23 minutes
Solutions for tomorrow
The brand calls it Oli (from the English All-ë) in a nod to the Ami. They bet on short names and two syllables. From the quadricycle, it copies the idea that the passenger compartment must have what is essential for the driver and passengers. Nothing more. In fact, according to the creators of the project, the Oli carries “what customers need and want”. For this reason, this curious and adventurous prototype lacks large screens and a multitude of gadgets. And they justify it with two reasons: weight and price.
“A typical family car from the mid-1970s weighed about 800 kilos and was 3.7 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. Current equivalents exceed 1,200 kilos, measure at least 4.3 meters long and 1.8 meters wide. Some even weigh more than 2,500 kilos. Legal and safety requirements have driven this increase somewhat, but if the trend continues and we continue to drive these vehicles to your car park 95% of the days and driving 80% of journeys with a single occupant, the conflict between the The need to protect our planet and the future promise of sustainable and electrified mobility will not be easily resolved”, says Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën.
Precisely, the weight of the vehicle has been the subject of an important study by engineers. The number of parts and components has been reduced (the seats have 80% fewer elements than standard ones) and those used are lighter than industry standards, in addition to being made with others from recycling.
For example, the bonnet, roof and rear box panels have been developed together with BASF and have been manufactured from recycled corrugated cardboard. Its structure is of the honeycomb sandwich type and has fiberglass between the panels. These are coated with Elastoflex polyurethane resin covered with a protective layer of Elastocoat “resistant and textured, which is often used on the floor of car parks or on loading ramps, and painted with BASF’s innovative RM Agilis water-based paint” , as follows from the official statement.
A groundbreaking design
This Citroën proposal has nothing to do with any other prototype presented by the company, much less with existing street cars, such as the compact C4. Its air is very different and it bets on a true off-road aspect (it reminds us of the Hummer). This is achieved by the vertical shapes of the windshield which, due to its layout, requires a smaller amount of glass, which results, according to the brand, in less exposure to the sun, which is why the energy demand of the vehicle is reduced by up to 17%. air-conditioning. Speaking of cooling, the Oli has an experimental air conditioning system thanks to aerodynamic ducts called Aero Duct between a part of the hood and the upper panel that diverts air towards the windshield.
In addition, the windows are slightly inclined towards the ground to prevent the sun from directly hitting them. The rear doors open in the opposite direction, which makes it easier for children to climb. Although, without a doubt, the most original part is the rear. The trunk can be modulated so that the Oli becomes a content pick up (the current ones exceed five meters in length) and allows the transport of large objects (surfboards, furniture, plants…).
The independent rear seat head restraints fold towards the ceiling and the rear window glass opens upwards, so the 994-millimetre-wide loadspace stretches from 679 millimeters to 1,050 millimeters in an instant. The tailgate also folds down and, with the cargo bed panel removed, reaches 582 millimeters of height between the vehicle floor and the rear window. With the panel in place, the trunk has a cargo space of 330 millimeters.
In the front seats, the minimalism of a dashboard in which the mobile phone is the axis on which everything is structured is surprising. The speakers are removable. On the steering column there is a dial to manage the automatic change
What about the stack?
The Oli’s battery, with a net capacity of 40 kWh, can be charged from 20 to 80% in 23 minutes. It can also act as a power source for other devices that need electricity, a solution that we have already seen in other cars, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and its brothers. Hyundai Ioniq 5 y Let’s EV6. Using a 3.6kW outlet (the equivalent of a 230V 16Ah household plug), the Oli can theoretically power a 3,000W electrical device for around 12 hours. “This feature is especially useful if, for example, you’ve been swimming or soaked in the rain and need to dry your hair,” explains Anne Laliron, Vice President of Stellantis. “There’s power to power the hair dryer and to enjoy a hot or cold drink by plugging in a small fridge or coffee maker, and then come nightfall you can plug in a grill and light up the area for dinner, so oli can definitely become your lifestyle companion.”
Another function that the Oli comes with, or rather, its battery, is the “vehicle to grid” (V2G) protocol, which allows energy to be stored from surplus domestic production in the event that the home has solar panels and, therefore, Therefore, sell it and make money on the operation.
A car that we will see later?
At the moment, the Oli is a proposal to investigate, and it is very possible that some of the ideas it shows will be taken to production, as long as it does not trigger costs. The logo that looks is also new. It is a nod to the original from 1919 and, as we have been able to confirm, it will be worn by the brand’s new models, including the street derivative of the Oli.
Finally, with the Oli, a series of programs have been launched with which customer service will be modified. From Citroën they have not delved much into this aspect, so we will expand the information as soon as we know what exactly they refer to.