Citroen has revealed the Ami One Concept, Citroen’s vision of a tiny urban ‘car’ for a new generation who care about mobility, not driving.
Where the car world is going in the next decade is anyone’s guess, but it’s clear there’s a new generation growing up who care little about ‘driving’ or ‘owning’ a car, but still want easy mobility.
That appears to be the driving motivation behind the creation of the Citroen Ami One Concept, a small – just over eight feet long – urban mobility concept which does away with all the frills to deliver a way of getting round urban areas. In some countries, even without a driving license.
Citroen has made the Ami One very cheap to build by making it as simple as possible, so the doors on the driver and passenger side are identical (which means the passenger door hinges at the back), the wings on all four corners are the same, as are the front and back bumpers, with an interior which is simple with a limited number of robust materials.
There’s a canvas roof, windows which are open or shut (and held in place by a catch), and your Smartphone provides the information and entertainment you need. Which means no real technology to go redundant.
Under the floor sits enough battery power to give a range of around 100km, an electric motor driving the rear wheels and a recharge which takes a couple of hours from a 3-pin plug.
Citroen envisage the Ami One being offered in a range of ways, from a five minute to five hour use for a single trip, a five-day loan for longer trips, a five month option and a five-year one too.
It all makes sense, even if it strikes an arrow through our petrolhead hearts, as an urban mobility solution, especially for the younger market.
Will Citroen build a production version of the Ami One? Don’t bet against it.