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Driving the Citroรซn Oli, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ is building the antagonizing EVs people want, Honda and the hypocrisy of speeding laws & vehicle legislation.

Amazingly, part of what an automaker does is to let people try its half-baked cars.

Other industries ship review products out to customers, sure, but at times, experts are brought in at an early stage to help craft a new model near its inception. More commonโ€”and something Iโ€™ve been able to do a few timesโ€”is when an automaker allows writers to try vehicles not normally offered for sale.

It could be a car from another market, like a diesel Suzuki SX4 I once reviewed. Or a prototype BMW 7-Series with a V12 engine fed by hydrogen, which I drove around downtown Toronto with the windows down, asking pedestrians, โ€œWould you believe this car runs on hydrogen?โ€ (The handler that came with the Honda FCX Clarity prototype I drove shortly after was a bit more into discussing technical detailsโ€ฆ)

Which recent concept car would I give my left walnut to drive? The Citroรซn Oli. Thing isโ€ฆI didnโ€™t realize Oli can actually drive.

Not only that, itโ€™s platedโ€ฆin trafficโ€ฆsnapping necks and earning Parisian shrugs. Youโ€™re going to want to see this.

First, however: an antagonizing EV from China.


โ€œBeneath this benevolent faรงade, Lotso is truly a cruel, ruthless, sadistic, mocking, conniving, cunning, rage-driven dictator and prison warden, ruling Sunnyside with an iron fist and imprisoning new toysโ€ฆโ€

โ€ฆis how a Disney Toy Story-based wiki describes the pink stuffed bear-based character now forever associated with the 2023 KiWi EV Strawberry Bear Limited Edition.

We last saw Lotso filthy and imprisonedโ€”tied to the front of a garbage truckโ€”in Toy Story 3, after karma finally caught up to the movieโ€™s main villain.

However, like a modern day Robery Downey Jr., it appears as though Lotso cleaned himself up, got new management, and hopefully a decent payday from SAIC-GM-Wuling. Lest you think this is some mere sticker deal, no: months ago, Baojun built a pink fuzzy concept car for an entire commercial announcing the Toy Story partnership, as well as a street-level marketing tour.

Since General Motors seems to have texting privileges with Disney and isnโ€™t afraid of playing the villain, hereโ€™s an idea: the Lyriq Cruella de Vil.

2023 KiWi EV Strawberry Bear Limited Edition Launched In China โ€ข CarNewsChina

see also :: Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear โ€ข disney.fandom.com

Get to know the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV
Cheap, friendly, funny & fun: the many compelling special versions of Chinaโ€™s most popular EV, the ไบ”่ฑๅฎๅ…‰MiniEV

Iโ€™m not saying Iโ€™m jealous that Ginny Buckley of Electrifying got to drive the Citroรซn Oli prototype. Iโ€™m very jealous.

How could I be jealous isnโ€™t the questionโ€”how could you not be jealous is what I want to know. My Citroรซn 2CV had flip-up side windows, like the Oli. My 2CV didnโ€™t have coated (structural) cardboard panels for its hood, nor intricately moulded seats or special Goodyear tires designed to be re-tread (finally!!!!)

Top speed? About the same. So many details here deserve to be put into production, Citroรซn might as well just build the whole car and let everyone else play catch-up.

(But Jesus H Christ, without emissions laws to deal, with whatโ€™s the f**king excuse for Stellantis not selling a car like the Oli here? Servicing? F**k that, there are entire Mopar catalogues and supporting documentation filled with V8 wares. You think North Americans really couldnโ€™t handle servicing on one of the most simple EVs yet developed? -inside voice)

Provided its safety is up to code, itโ€™s time to put pride aside and offer more vehicles like this in North America. Climate change is happening, EVs and microcars are happening, but our corporations, investors, laws (and lawmakers) are unwilling to balance the car marketโ€”people with loans go to work and stay out of trouble, right?

EXCLUSIVE DRIVE: Citroen OLI : has Citroen lost LE PLOT? โ€ข Electrifying

see also :: @ginnybuckley on Twitter


Hereโ€™s an idea for a drinking game: take a shot every time youโ€™ve read the terms โ€œChina-onlyโ€ โ€œEVโ€ and โ€œsedanโ€ in automotive news this month. This is Hondaโ€™s latest concept that ticks all three of those boxes, called the e:N2.

Hereโ€™s something the blogs have missed: Honda has an official website already up for the e:N2 sedan featuring lots of motion video to give a solid view of the carโ€™s striking silhouette. Granted, most of us will need help from translation software, but one thingโ€™s for sureโ€ฆthe e:N GT Concept could be reborn as a Prelude to Hondaโ€™s upcoming EV onslaught.

Honda N:2 platform concepts โ€ข via Honda China

Carve off another of the N:2 platform designs as a Sony for North America andโ€”in one universe, at leastโ€”I can start to see a runway for Hondaโ€™s successful transition into an EV-focused future.

World premiere of Honda e:N2 โ€ข Honda China

see also :: Honda e:N2 Concept Unveiled In China, Could Preview A Future EV


Adding to the points Carlton Reid makes in his piece, I sit here day in, day out, learning about all of the new exciting software features new vehicles are getting.

From LIDAR-enabled low-speed navigation to elaborate backup / top-down cameras, auto manufacturers can seemingly pluck any feature from the drawing board and put it into production under the auspices of safetyโ€”except for one: speed control within city limits.

Yet even ebikes (and bicycle conversion kits) are limited to ludicrously low speeds and smaller output motors below 500Wโ€”which still puts these slower road users at deadly odds with motor vehicle traffic. Why do we allow this?

โ€œRental e-scooter companies do not market their products with the same sort of deadly glamour. Nobody bats an eyelid when a car company promotes dangerous driving, but e-scooter companies still have to market worthiness, not the sizzle.โ€

Why Are Slow Rental E-Scooters Speed-Regulated In Cities But Fast Motor Cars Are Not? โ€ข Carlton Reid (Forbes via Authory)



Last week, I promised a ZEEKR gif, then I flaked. I blanked, forgot, and neglected to include it. Four minutes after Iโ€™d sent the Friday newsletter, I realized my error and wrote this in big letters at the top of my notes app: I FORGOT THE ZEEKR. Wellโ€ฆ