Citroen AMI ONE concept revealed at Geneva Motor Show

Citroen AMI ONE concept showcases French brand's ideas for electric urban mobility

Citroen AMI ONE

The electric Citroen AMI ONE concept vehicle was the star of Citroen's stand at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The brand describes it as "a popular, modern and timely response to new customer behaviour and the challenge of the energy transition in the city".

A two-seater electric city car, the AMI ONE is something of a spiritual successor to the Citroen 2CV. It's classified as a 'quadricycle' rather than a full-size car (much like the Renault Twizy) and so could be driven by 16-year-olds without a license were it to go on sale.

Citroen AMI ONE specifications

The cube-shaped body sits on four-spoke, 18-inch wheels and measures 2.5 metres in length 1.5 metres in height. It's rear-wheel-drive, weighs 425kg and has a turning circle of 10 metres. Like the Smart car, it can be parked perpendicular to the kerb, while Citroen also promises "top-level agility and manoeuvrability" from the AMI ONE.

With zero emissions, the AMI ONE should enjoy unrestricted access to city centres as low-emissions zones and congestion charges become more prevalent in coming years, while an electric powertrain gives it a top speed of nearly 30mph and range of just over 60 miles. Its lithium-ion battery can be recharged fully in two hours.

For pedestrian safety, the AMI ONE incorporates a sound generator (something which has been required of all electric cars since 1 January 2019) to make the car easier to hear at low speeds. Citroen describes its sound signature as rejecting "digital" and "robot" stereotypes, instead being "analog" and "firmly setting the vehicle apart".

The AMI ONE is intended to be 'owned' in range of different ways, from outright purchase to car-sharing schemes and short or long-term rentals. As a result, it has been designed with close smartphone integration in mind, allowing the car to be located and paid for entirely online.

Interior

The doors are locked and unlocked by scanning a QR code on the base of the handles, and once inside, the driver places their phone in a dedicated slot on the dashboard, where it can function as the car's sat nav and infotainment system.

There's also a small five-inch screen incorporating basic information, such as current speed and indicator lights.

Elsewhere, there's an asymmetrical interior layout, with a fixed passenger seat but a moveable driver's seat on rails. Citroen says this allows for extra shoulder room and ease of movement for both occupants. Numerous storage spaces are dotted about the interior, including stretched canvas pouches low down on the door panels, a platform behind the seats and a large space for bags in front of the passenger.

Speaking to our sister title Auto Express, Citroen’s interior design chief Jean-Arthur Madelaine said: “When the 2CV was created for the people, they were living mainly in rural areas, so it was a car for the countryside. Now the trend for young people is that they are not really interested in cars at all, but they like the mobility, especially in the cities. This is the vision behind AMI ONE.”

Citroen has no immediate plan to make the AMI ONE available to buy or rent; it’s purely a concept for now. But Citroen product manager Sebastien Grandmougin told Auto Express that it's designed to be relevant within the next year or two, as opposed to further in the future.