The Citroen All-Electric Ami One Concept Car

Citroen Ami One concept electric car

Citroen, The French Automotive Manufacturer And Part Of The PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, Though committed To Electric Cars, Is Behind Competitors Like The Volkswagen Group! 

  • The Citroen Ami One battery-electric vehicle (BEV) concept is targeted at young city drivers in urban geographies.  
  • This all-electric two-seat city car was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, a crucial year as the French automotive giant celebrates its 100th anniversary.  Citroen has already gained experience in the fast evolving electric vehicle industry with the Citroen C-Zero electric car. Production of the C-Zero has stopped and only available as a used vehicle. 
  • Citroen is committed to manufacturing a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) or battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for every new model. It aims to have an electrified version of every vehicle in its portfolio by 2025. Other Citroen EV concepts include the Citroen C5 AIRCROSS SUV hybrid concept, Citroen SURVOLT concept, Citroen CXPERIENCE concept and the Citroen 19_19 concept car. 
Citroen Ami One concept electric car
Citroen Ami One Concept EV (credit: Citroen)
  • The electric cube-shaped concept car falls between the Renault TWIZY and the Smart EQ with compact dimensions (2.50m long, 1.50m wide, 1.50m high).  The EV concept is designed to cater for ‘young urbanites’ consumers that are less concerned about ‘cars’ but more concerned about mobility, in particular, affordable, convenient and low-emission mobility.  Though the car could be sold outright, the main theme is around ‘rental’ and ‘shared’ mobility. 
  • Though Citroen’s success till date has been won in ‘rural mobility’ (2CV), the group is focusing its efforts for future mobility on the urban landscape.  The Ami One electric concept is well suited for urban sharing mobility schemes.  In the UK, average distance per trip is a mere 12 miles and in the case of city driving, even shorter.  Concepts like Ami One are being designed to meet the needs of shorter commutes. 
  • The minimalist interior design helps enhance ‘cabin space’ and keep manufacturing costs down.  The doors have a wide opening, easing access to the vehicle for two individuals.  As one would expect, the Ami One electric concept engages with a smartphone and relays vital information to the mobile app. One can also stream music via Bluetooth speakers. The doors lock and unlock via the smartphone. 
Citroen Ami One concept electric car
Citroen Ami One Concept EV (credit: Citroen)
  • The top speed is approximately 30 mph, which is appropriate for city driving and could have a zero-emission range up to 60 miles.  Again, perfectly adequate for city needs.  Charging is expected to take 120 minutes. 
  • It is difficult to comment if the concept car would progress from a conceptual stage to production, but it certainly is an interesting way for the French car maker to celebrate 100 years of trading! 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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