The words Citroen and quirky go hand in hand.

More than just quirky, the brand is planning to re-invent itself again, however with its uninhibited take on an urban mobility ‘object’.

Say what?

Just as the 2CV made freedom of movement accessible to the masses, Citroen’s Ami One Concept frees up urban mobility for everyone with its unique and popular character advocating a new experience.

Say that again?

The Ami One Concept is designed as an alternative to public transport and other modes of transport such as bikes and electric scooters.

An all-electric vehicle, it will be able to access all areas of the city while respecting the environment and offering low usage costs.

What was that?

Customers can access  the vehicle for a minimum of five minutes and adjust their usage at any time to several hours, with no commitment.

The options can be customised to each person’s mobility requirements and meet their needs whether it is for five minutes, five hours or five days of use – as well as over longer periods with rental offers for five months or long-term leasing arrangements for five years.

Just give me the facts?

Standing on specially designed four-spoke 18-inch wheels, at 2.50m long and 1.50m high, and weighing just 425kg, it promises agility and manoeuvrability, as well as the ability to park virtually anywhere.

It also introduces new possibilities 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 (DRLs) and rear lights on the left and right.

There are also four parts to the door mirrors and door handles.

Each part of the vehicle body is robust, easy to assemble and high quality.

Inside, the cabin is simple with a limited number of materials used and a finish consistent with the intelligent spirit central to the design of the concept.

The opening Anthracite Grey canvas roof lets light in and is easy to use.

Sliding and folding with a single movement, the hood is closed using a blue strap and a push button.

Yeah. Yeah, but what about the range?

Ami One Concept reaches a top speed of 45km/h, with zero carbon emissions.

With a range of 100km, Ami One Concept can make numerous city trips, be they for one-off meetings or daily commutes.

The lithium-ion battery, stored flat under the floor, is easily charged with an electric cable.

Plugged into a public station or a Wallbox, a complete charge takes just two hours.

It can also be plugged into a standard socket at home using an extension cable.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.