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Citroen's cardboard concept car: Oli electric SUV revealed

Citroen's cardboard car: Oli is a concept electric SUV made for 100% recycled materials that can go for 250 miles on a full charge and would cost just over £20,000... if it was available to buy

Citroen’s quirky electric Ami runaround has got a new green zero-emissions big brother called Oli. And parts of it is made from cardboard.

The squared-off SUV has a 100 per cent recycled construction – with vehicle parts that can be reused or recycled throughout its lifetime – and is designed to do for fun family mobility what Ami achieved for personal urban mobility.

It boasts innovative use of new materials leading to lower weight, less cost and a smaller environmental footprint. And it also has a completely vertical windscreen, a flatbed boot and non-slip roof you can lie on top of.

Bosses at the French car brand have even put a fictional price tag of €25,000 (around £22,000) on it, though the Oli remains a concept for now and isn’t planned for production anytime soon. 

Citroen's cardboard car: Oli is a concept electric SUV made for 100% recycled materials that can go for 250 miles on a full charge and would cost just over £20,000... if it was available to buy

Citroen’s cardboard car: Oli is a concept electric SUV made for 100% recycled materials that can go for 250 miles on a full charge and would cost just over £20,000… if it was available to buy

The all-electric powertrain has a 40kWh battery which gives the lightweight vehicle weighing less than a tonne a range of up to 248 miles.

Riding on lightweight 20-inch wheels, top speed is limited to 68mph to maximise efficiency and it can be rapid charged to 80 per cent in just 23 minutes.

The size of a compact SUV, but with the chunky looks of a mini Hummer, its pick-up style rear-flat-bed makes it a flexible load and passenger-lugger.

Citroen said Oli is a ‘family limo, urban explorer, adventure vehicle, workmate, or even an extension to the family home thanks to its ability to power everyday appliances’.

It says the name Oli comes from saying ‘all-e’ for ‘all-electric’ – though this loses something in translation unless said in a French accent.

Oli is also the first vehicle to showcase Citroen’s new badge, which harks back to its 1919 original but with a 21st century twist.

Citroen says Oli is officially a concept car and that they have no plans to put it into production, but that ideas and innovations from it will find their way into future models.

However, they said the same of the Ami, now on sale from £7,695, with a commercial AMI Cargo from £7,995.

Bosses at the French car brand have even put a fictional price tag of ¿25,000 (around £22,000) on it, though the Oli remains a concept for now and isn't planned for production anytime soon

Bosses at the French car brand have even put a fictional price tag of €25,000 (around £22,000) on it, though the Oli remains a concept for now and isn’t planned for production anytime soon

The squared-off SUV has a 100% recycled construction and is designed to do for fun family mobility what Ami achieved for personal urban mobility

The squared-off SUV has a 100% recycled construction and is designed to do for fun family mobility what Ami achieved for personal urban mobility 

The all-electric powertrain has a 40kWh battery which gives the lightweight vehicle weighing less than a tonne a range of up to 248 miles

The all-electric powertrain has a 40kWh battery which gives the lightweight vehicle weighing less than a tonne a range of up to 248 miles

Green recycling is at the heart of Oli’s raison d’etre.

Throughout its life, the car can use refurbished parts from scrapped vehicles. Once scrapped itself, its parts can be used by other vehicles.

Citroen said: ‘The overall cost of ownership will be low, but if there is a need to replace a door, headlamp or bumper, recycled parts could be sourced responsibly via Citroën from other Oli vehicles that are no longer serviceable.

‘When no longer economical to refurbish, Citroën would turn each Oli into a recycled parts donor for others requiring parts or send other parts for general recycling’.

The lightweight roof and rear flat-bed panels are made from recycled corrugated cardboard formed into a honeycomb sandwich structure between fibreglass reinforcing panels and are strong enough to support an adult. Weight is reduced by 50 per cent compared to an equivalent steel roof construction and roof rails to each side allow owners to attach accessories like bicycle racks and roof boxes for family vacations.

Below the bonnet panel are storage areas including compartments for charging cables, personal and emergency items.

Green recycling is at the heart of Oli's raison d'etre. Throughout its life, the car can use refurbished parts from scrapped vehicles. Once scrapped itself, its parts can be used by other vehicles

Green recycling is at the heart of Oli’s raison d’etre. Throughout its life, the car can use refurbished parts from scrapped vehicles. Once scrapped itself, its parts can be used by other vehicles

The lightweight roof and rear flat-bed panels are made from recycled corrugated cardboard formed into a honeycomb sandwich structure between fibreglass reinforcing panels and are strong enough to support an adult (and a child, according to this picture)

The lightweight roof and rear flat-bed panels are made from recycled corrugated cardboard formed into a honeycomb sandwich structure between fibreglass reinforcing panels and are strong enough to support an adult (and a child, according to this picture)

Below the bonnet panel are storage areas including compartments for charging cables, personal and emergency items

Below the bonnet panel are storage areas including compartments for charging cables, personal and emergency items

Front doors follow the example set by Ami and are identical on each side. Reducing their complexity and simplifying construction saves 20 per cent in weight compared to a family hatchback. The narrower rear doors are hinged at the rear giving wide, unhindered access.

This requires half the number of components. Removing loudspeakers, soundproofing material and electrical wiring saves around 1.7kg per door.

Round the back is a flatbed-style boot opening, meaning users can drop the lower part of open to load and unload heavy items at torso height. 

Tough exterior plastic sections reduce weight and the car is decorated in an eco-friendly paint.

Fully recyclable polypropylene plastic bumpers contain 50 per cent recycled materials.

Round the back is a flatbed-style boot opening, meaning users can drop the lower part of open to load and unload heavy items at torso height

Round the back is a flatbed-style boot opening, meaning users can drop the lower part of open to load and unload heavy items at torso height

There's no details about the boot capacity, though the sloped rear deck is likely to dramatically minimise loading space

There’s no details about the boot capacity, though the sloped rear deck is likely to dramatically minimise loading space

It has a top speed is limited to 68mph to maximise efficiency and it can be rapid charged to 80% in just 23 minutes

It has a top speed is limited to 68mph to maximise efficiency and it can be rapid charged to 80% in just 23 minutes

Inside, instead of hard-to-clean carpets, Oli features a single-piece, modular floor covering made from an elastic but resilient polyurethane foam.

Space-efficient lightweight front seats made of recycled materials use just eight parts compared to 37 in an equivalent SUV. Inspired by modern office furniture, the bright orange front seats with integrated headrests are made up of strong tubular frames with a comfortable base cushion covered in textile made from 100 per cent recycled and recyclable polyester and 3D-printed mesh backrests which enhance the natural light inside the vehicle.

Rear seat passengers can use the backrest’s exposed tubular frame to mount accessories such as a small tablet device powered via a USB socket, hooks for hanging a tote bag, a cup-holder frame, a magazine net like in an airliner, or a small tray for children to enjoy a snack on the move.

The charging panel is hidden behind the updated - and very funky - Citroen badge at the front. As you can see from this image, there are plenty of flat-faced panels, including the completely-vertical windscreen

The charging panel is hidden behind the updated – and very funky – Citroen badge at the front. As you can see from this image, there are plenty of flat-faced panels, including the completely-vertical windscreen

Its battery can even give power back to the grid or charge camping kit on the road, said Citroen: 'Oli can theoretically provide power to a 3,000W electric device for around 12 hours'

Its battery can even give power back to the grid or charge camping kit on the road, said Citroen: ‘Oli can theoretically provide power to a 3,000W electric device for around 12 hours’

Tough exterior plastic sections reduce weight and the car is decorated in an eco-friendly paint. Fully recyclable polypropylene plastic bumpers contain 50% recycled materials

Tough exterior plastic sections reduce weight and the car is decorated in an eco-friendly paint. Fully recyclable polypropylene plastic bumpers contain 50% recycled materials

Roof-mounted circular headrests float above each backrest and fold up into the roof when required.

Instead of a full dashboard with multiple screens and hidden computers, Oli features a single symmetrical beam running across the width of the console with the steering column, a smartphone dock, and five toggle switches for the air conditioning system. 

It even incorporates a joystick from a professional gamepad mounted on the steering wheel.

Infotainment and communication is via your docked smartphone, with images projected across the width of the lower windscreen surround. Removable Bluetooth loudspeakers provide high-quality sound for listening to podcasts or music on the move.

On its 20-inch wheels, Oli uses the Goodyear Eagle GO tyre tread compound made of sustainable or recycled materials, including sunflower oils and rice husk ash silica, as well as pine tree resins and full natural rubber which replace synthetic, petroleum-based rubber.

Inspired by modern office furniture, the bright orange front seats with integrated headrests are made up of strong tubular frames with a comfortable base cushion covered in textile made from 100% recycled and recyclable polyester and 3D-printed mesh backrests which enhance the natural light inside the vehicle

Inspired by modern office furniture, the bright orange front seats with integrated headrests are made up of strong tubular frames with a comfortable base cushion covered in textile made from 100% recycled and recyclable polyester and 3D-printed mesh backrests which enhance the natural light inside the vehicle

The Oli even incorporates a joystick from a professional gamepad mounted on the steering wheel

The Oli even incorporates a joystick from a professional gamepad mounted on the steering wheel

Front doors follow the example set by Ami and are identical on each side. Reducing their complexity and simplifying construction saves 20% in weight compared to a family hatchback. The narrower rear doors are hinged at the rear

Front doors follow the example set by Ami and are identical on each side. Reducing their complexity and simplifying construction saves 20% in weight compared to a family hatchback. The narrower rear doors are hinged at the rear

Citroen bosses said modern electric cars did not need to be ‘palaces on wheels’ adding: ‘Electrification should not mean extortion, and being eco-conscious should not be punitive by restricting our mobility or making vehicles less rewarding to live with.’

Its battery can even give power back to the grid or charge camping kit on the road, said Citroen: ‘Considering its 40kWh battery and a power socket output of 3.6kW (the equivalent of a 230v 16amp domestic socket), Oli can theoretically provide power to a 3,000W electric device for around 12 hours.’

Citroen says it is re-thinking every detail of the modern car to reduce use of precious resources without compromising on quality or versatility: ‘The intent is to enhance the feeling of ‘zen’ that owners of electric Citroëns will enjoy when they adopt the vehicles into their lives and families.’ 

Instead of a full dashboard with multiple screens and hidden computers, Oli features a single symmetrical beam running across the width of the console with the steering column, a smartphone dock, and five toggle switches for the air con system

Instead of a full dashboard with multiple screens and hidden computers, Oli features a single symmetrical beam running across the width of the console with the steering column, a smartphone dock, and five toggle switches for the air con system

It has these ultra-lightweight 20-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle GO tyre tread compound made of sustainable or recycled materials, including sunflower oils and rice husk ash silica, as well as pine tree resins and full natural rubber which replace synthetic, petroleum-based rubber

It has these ultra-lightweight 20-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle GO tyre tread compound made of sustainable or recycled materials, including sunflower oils and rice husk ash silica, as well as pine tree resins and full natural rubber which replace synthetic, petroleum-based rubber

Citroen said Oli is a 'family limo, urban explorer, adventure vehicle, workmate, or even an extension to the family home thanks to its ability to power everyday appliances'

Citroen said Oli is a ‘family limo, urban explorer, adventure vehicle, workmate, or even an extension to the family home thanks to its ability to power everyday appliances’

CEO, Vincent Cobée, said: ‘Rather than being a 2,500kg ‘palace on wheels’ filled with screens and gadgets, Oli proves that more can be achieved with less.’

He noted that a typical mid-70s family car weighed around 800kg and was 3.7m long and 1.6m wide. Today’s equivalents have grown to more than 1200kg – some more than 2500kg – at least 4.3 m long and 1.8m wide.

M. Cobée said: ‘Legal and safety requirements have driven some of this, but if the trend continues and we carry on parking these vehicles 95 per cent of each day and driving 80% of journeys with a single occupant, the conflict between the need to protect our planet and the future promise of sustainable, electrified mobility will not easily be resolved.

‘We need to reverse the trends by making them lighter and less expensive and find inventive ways to maximise usage.’

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