This is the Ami One Concept, a new all-electric concept from Citroen that the company says represents its take on the future of urban mobility and is designed as an alternative to public transport and other modes of transport such as bikes and electric scooters.

An ultra-compact two-seater concept vehicle, the Ami One can reach a top speed of 45km/h, has a range of 100km. A two-hour charge time is claimed via wallbox or public charger.

The Ami One can be rented using an app and smartphone and Citroën says it is to make the vehicle available to customers via digital media, and have use options available spanning car-sharing, rental and purchase.

Customers can access the vehicle from five minutes, five hours or five days – as well as over longer periods with rental offers for five months or long-term leasing arrangements for five years.
There’s plenty of interesting features here. For instance, the doors lock and unlock via a QR code on the aluminium base of the door handles and functionality of the Ami One comes via an app with the screen display is projected onto a reflective panel in the driver’s field of vision – similar to a head-up display system.

Another interesting feature of the Ami One is the use of identical parts across the vehicle. For instance, the doors are identical on both sides – hinged at the front on the passenger side and at the rear on the driver’s side – and there are identical bumpers, wings, and panels.

There are some interesting design quirks on the inside, including an original storage space on the passenger side for a cabin bag and a handbag. At the rear, a platform accessed via the folding driver’s seat can be used for occasional luggage and is equipped with a Safety Box complete with a fluorescent jacket and warning triangle. There’s even some exclusive luggage that has been created to accompany the concept, including a backpack designed to fit in the storage space in front of the passenger.

Whether the Ami One concept gets off the ground as a production vehicle or not, it is indicative of the direction that manufacturers are considering when it comes to mobility and something like the Ami One will likely be part of automotive future.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Mar 2019 Edition)

11 Mar 2019

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