Following a teaser last week, Citroen has lifted the lid on its Ami One concept, a minuscule pod-like vehicle that represents the French brand’s vision for urban mobility.
The two-seat ride-sharing concept could be used by passengers for a ride around the corner or all the way up to a five-year stint through a lease or purchase arrangement.
Measuring 1500mm wide, 1500mm high and just 2500mm long – shorter than the Smart ForTwo – the Ami One uses an all-electric powertrain that allows it to travel up to 100km at speeds of up to just 45km/h, signifying its intention as an inner-city, high-congestion vehicle.
The Ami One is the first of two concept vehicles to be developed by Citroen to commemorate its 100th year of existence, with the second – based on the theme of “ultra comfort” – to be shown at the VivaTech show in Paris in May.
Citroen sees the Ami One as an alternative to scooters, bicycles and public transport as well as traditional cars.
Access will be provided to the ride-sharing vehicle by waving a smartphone app over a code in the door handle, before the customer puts their phone in a cradle in the car to start the motor and other functions.
Design-wise, the Ami One features a heavily symmetrical design that can potentially cut costs. The two doors are identical, hinged at the front on the passenger side and at the rear on the driver’s side.
Furthermore, the LED head- and tail-lights can be fitted on either side of the vehicle, while the mudguards are interchangeable.
Highlighting its French flair, the Ami One features quirky styling such as canvas door pockets, canvas sliding roof (like the historic 2CV), mesh seats and a two-tone exterior paint finish.
The car communicates with users via a “humanised graphic interface” that shows emotion and can “establish a special dialogue with the user”, according to the brand.
To help park in crowded cities such as Paris, bump-resistant plastic has been added to the four corners and sides of the car.
“As the 2CV made freedom of movement broadly accessible, Ami One concept frees up urban mobility for everyone with its unique and popular character advocating a new experience,” Citroen said.
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