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  • 16 November 2022
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    Citroen OLI Concept

    Citroens new concept car, OLI. Designed to use as little electricity as possible, to help you go further, for less.
Citroen OLI- It's Time To Travel Light
Sleek Interior
Light Design
Thoughtful for the Future
In September, Citroen released it latest concept car in Paris, Citroen OLI, a completley unique vehicle that could offer some foresight into the future of citroen. The innovative new project was created with the aim to combine sustainability with affordability, and could give other electric vehicles on the market a run for their money. 
In 1989, Citroen demonstrated its first ever electric vehicles, based on a combination of the C15 and C25 truck models. The product of this was later released in 1993 as the AX Electique, and so began the next generation of electric cars. It goes without saying that Citroen have come a long way since this initial launch. The Citroen OLI is unique in the way it is able to travel significantly further than the average electric vehicle. The design is simple, but retains everything you could need for a comfortable and enjoyable journey. 

The average electric car has a range of 211 miles, and the average person drives around 30 miles a day. This equates to 7 trips before you would need to recharge your vehicle. To put this into perspective, the Citroen OLI can more than double this, claiming an ambitious range of 248 miles, with a  relatively small 40kWh battery. So how can this be done? Citroen have taken a bold step, decrease additional features, decrease the need for a huge battery.  The effect of this is an extremely light vehicle, at just 1000kg while the popular Citroen C3 weighs 1261kg. It's no secret that a lighter vehicle can travel much further, and in turn, leave less of a dent on the plant in the meantime.
The Citroen OLI has been created using recycled, and recylable parts. Front doors, wheel arches, windows and bumpers are all interchangable, and can be used on either sides of the car. Citroen wanted to create a vehicle built to last for generations, and therefore have made it as easy as possible to repair, upgrade, and customise.
17% of UK residents plan to buy an EV within the next 12 months, and a further 69% say they'd purchase an EV if money was no object. Citroen hopes to break down this barrier. In order to do this, OLI has been designed as cost effectively as possible with features like an upright windscreen, designed to reduce production costs. 
The unique exterior design of Citroen OLI is an eye catching blend of style and practicality. The roof and bonnet are composed of a lightweight cardboard honeycomb structure. The front of the vehicle homes vents designed to direct air around the windscreen. The back doors are rear hinged, and the lights angled for a sleek, futuristic appearance. The large alloy wheels give for a more sturdy driving experience. 
Opening the door to a Citroen OLI might take you by surprise. The stripped back interior is a world away from the futuristic exterior appearance. To accomodate the smaller battery, less important features from the interior have been removed. Remaining features, like the air-con, have been downsized. The seats are composed of just 3 parts, and designed with a much lighter material than seen in previous models.
Citroen OLI is a simpler way to drive. The technology behind the vehicle reflects this ethos. Citroen have taken the bold move to remove the large center screen from the vehicle. In its place, Citroen OLI features portable speakers within the interior that allow the driver to insert their smartphone into the dashboard, eradicating the annoyance of difficult bluetooth pairing whilst simplifying the design and keeping the car light and compact.
So, when's it coming? The official launch date for Citroen OLI is yet to be released, but isnt expected until the end of the decade. Regardless, the innovative design and bold ethos behind the practicality of the vehicle certaintly give food for thought. Can we expect to see less tech in the future? The Citroen OLI will be an affordable alternative to an electric drive, expected to be priced around £20,000. With the price in mind, and the promise of longetivity for its users, perhaps we can expect to see more of this quirky looking vehicle in the future.
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