French car maker Citroën has made the ultimate sustainable car.
On September 29, 2022, the company unveiled Oli, a concept electric car that can be “reused or recycled throughout ownership.”
The car’s most notable difference is the use of cardboard for the roof, hood, and bed panels. The company claims that the cardboard, inserted between fiberglass panels, is stronger than steel.
Oli’s other “green” features include lightweight seats that use 80 percent less material than traditional car seats. Its windshield and windows are designed to repel the sun’s rays. This reduces the need for air-conditioning. The doors, windows, bumper, and tires are made with recycled or natural materials.
The car’s top speed is restricted to 109 km/h to increase efficiency.
Oli weighs just under 1 ton (1,000 kg). This is about a third of the weight of an average compact car!
Oli is just a concept vehicle and will likely never be made. But it is an important reminder that automakers can and must do more for the environment.