Audi AI:ME Could Be Your Next Go-To Electric City Car

This is the Audi AI:ME, introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show as a “visionary mobility concept for the megacities of the future.”

The AI:ME is powered by a 65 kWh battery pack and a synchronous electric motor producing 170 hp and located at the rear axle. Audi hasn’t stated a theoretical range for the electric city car but says that because it is catered towards slow driving, acceleration and top speeds figures are irrelevant as the car would spend most of its time traveling between 20 km/h and 70 km/h (12.4 mph to 43.5 mph).

The concept has an overall length of 4.3 meters (14.1 feet), a width of 1.9 meters (6.2 feet), and a height of 1.52 meters (5 feet). A long wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9 feet) has allowed Audi to maximize interior space and reduce the front and rear overhangs.

As the name of the vehicle indicates, it has been designed with a Level 4 autonomous driving system meaning it can drive itself in most situations without the input of the driver. However, unlike the Audi AIcon concept which was unveiled with Level 5 autonomy, the AI:ME retains a traditional steering wheel and pedals just in case the driver needs to take over. The steering wheel and pedals are perhaps the most traditional elements of the interior.

Audi has developed remarkably-thin A-, B-, and C-pillars for the AI:ME, providing the concept with an airy and refreshing feeling. There are two seats up front and a single rear bench seat at the rear. Exposed wooden accents dominate much of the cabin and there are even little pieces of greenery in the headliner and dashboard.

The exterior of the concept is just as untraditional as the cabin. Up front, Audi has designed intriguing LED headlights and fitted the car with a windshield that stretches down much farther than you’d expect. The concept also features large wheels while at the rear there aren’t any traditional taillights and instead a light bar fitted to the inside of the rear window. There is also a large ‘e-tron’ badge on the rear bumper.

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  • Six_Tymes

    well, ill admit, I am blown away by these design works. very impressive

  • Zandit75

    Nice exterior design, but the inside looks like it belongs on a boat.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    Nice. Seems similar to the Volvo concept, though…?

  • salamOOn

    omg i love those sketches (pics 58-89)

  • Alx

    much of today’s good design is trying to address two biggest Mega Trends: Urbanisation and Technology, and this one is no exception.

  • Puddingpopper

    What do all the textures do?

  • IT’S INTERESTING. SOME NICE MATERIALS INSIDE. THE WRAP AROUND HEAD RESTS WILL BLOCK PERIPHERAL VISION AS WILL THE NISSAN KICK-UP AT THE C-PILLAR. GIVEN THAT IT’S GOT AN AIRY CABIN FOR PASSENGERS TO LOOK OUT AT THE WORLD THOSE ARE ODD OMISSIONS.

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