Imagine yourself navigating the crowded streets of Paris in the near future behind the wheel of something very similar to this Ami One concept by Citroen.
It’s part of the French automaker’s vision for the future of urban mobility and while it doesn’t look particularly elegant, it’s definitely quirky, which suits the double chevron brand just fine. It’s also environmentally-friendly, which suits just about everyone else.
Pretty much. But that’s only because Smart did it first, and it’s hard not to mention them whenever we come across any similar or even remotely similar product. The Ami One measures 2.5 meters (98 inches) in length, 1.5 meters (59 inches) in width, and stands 1.5 meters (59 inches) tall. It also weighs just 425 kg (937 lbs).
Compared to a brand new Smart ForTwo, the Citroen is definitely smaller. However, it has just about identical dimensions to the first-generation ForTwo, which came out more than two decades ago.
Enough comparisons though – let’s talk about what this concept car can do:
For starters, it’s fully electric. Its lithium-ion battery can be charged to 100% in just 2 hours, which will then result in a range of 100 km (62 miles). Also, since its top speed is just 45 km/h (28 mph), it means that it can be driven without a license in certain countries.
Since all EVs built this year must emit an artificial sound at low speeds so as to alert pedestrians to their location, Citroen has fitted the Ami One concept with its personalized sound signature, mixing both male and female voices to form a sequence of notes that change based on speed.
A clever and boxy design
Quirky enough for you? Notice that the driver’s side door is rear-hinged, while the passenger door is front hinged. Then you have the front and rear bumpers, which are identical, and a QR code system for unlocking the doors.
Once inside, you can use the head-up projection panel to interact with the vehicle or your smartphone, although features such as voice command are also available.
According to Citroen, the Ami One was envisioned as an alternative to public transportation (buses, trains etc), but also other means of getting around, like bicycles or electric scooters.
“Just as the 2CV made freedom of movement broadly accessible last century, Ami One Concept frees up urban mobility for everyone with its unique and popular character advocating a new experience.”