Citroën has disclosed details of a new, all-electric city car concept ahead of its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.
Sitting on specially designed four-spoke 18-inch wheels, and measuring just 2.50 metres long with an equal width and height of 1.50 metres, the ultra-compact two-seater features a cube-shaped body and offers travel for two people on the inside.
Meeting the EU’s quadricycle regulations also means the microcar can be driven without a driving licence.
The vehicle is therefore principally aimed at those living in and around restricted areas of city centres and is envisaged as an alternative to not only public transport (bus, train etc.) but also other modes of travel such as bikes and electric scooters.
Weighing 425 kg, Citroën claims the Ami One can reach a top speed of 28 mph while delivering a range of 62 miles. Its lithium-ion battery, stored flat under the floor, can be charged in just two hours.
The French brand also says the car has been purposely designed in a way that makes it both easy and economical to manufacture.
One of the ways it does this is through the use of symmetrical parts. These include identical doors on the right and left, opening in different directions, rear-hinged on the driver’s side for better access and conventionally positioned on the passenger side. There are identical bumpers (partly concealed on the front and open on the rear to display the registration plate); identical wings on both the front and rear; identical panels on the right and left; reversible daytime running lights and rear lights on the left and right. There are also four parts to the door mirrors and door handles.
In terms of its exterior styling, the Ami One’s front end gets an updated version of Citroën’s current two-tier light signature, with a design reminiscent of the CXperience concept car from 2016. In order to create a “protective appearance”, it also features prominent dark grey mouldings on each corner.
Other exterior elements include a canvas roof and door handles formed from blue rubber straps that are topped by a scanner – for opening and closing the doors with a smartphone.
On the inside, the cabin is described as simple and features a limited number of materials. The designers have also opted for an asymmetrical layout for the driver’s seat (on rails) and the passenger seat (fixed), which, it is claimed, creates extra shoulder room and ease of movement for both occupants.
Additional details include a backpack designed to fit in the storage space in front of the passenger. There is also a specially designed shopping basket and a cylinder-shaped travel bag. All three have been developed by Citroën’s designers in collaboration with French leather brand, Damien Béal.