Add this one to the list of vehicles I never knew I wanted… this is the Citroën My Ami Buggy concept, and I love it. Even if you can’t actually do much with it. This cute little off-road-inspired electric vehicle is classified as a quadricycle. That means the top speed is capped at 28 miles per hour. But the curb weight is low (around 1,069 lbs before all this extra stuff bolted on) and I have to imagine the fun level is high.
What Citroën has done here is take its little EV commuter and add on bits of adventure gear. This means an extra tire mounted on the roof, a front LED light bar, protective grilles over the headlights, and the cutest little bull bar you’ve ever seen. The doors? Gone. They’ve been replaced by zip-up canvas covers should the rain start to fall. The wheels and tires? Swapped out for gorgeous matte gold wheels wrapped on tiny little mud-terrain tires. Citroën also increased the foam of the seat by an extra 35 mm, which is probably a way to fake a lift kit just for your body.
Now, you’re not actually going to be able to take this thing deep into the woods. For one, it’s just a concept. The other reasons are the eight horsepower generated by the 6.0-kW electric motor and 5.5-kWh battery pack. It’s a single motor setup that doesn’t pack a ton of punch. Regardless, another interesting thing about the Ami (the production version) is the fact that anyone born before 1988 can drive one without actually having a license. And anyone older than 14 can drive one with an AM-category license.
I would absolutely love one of these to cruise around my neighborhood or drive my daughter to school. It might even make a great little RV tender for those camping. You could probably charge it right off the shore power or even the RV itself, as that battery doesn’t need a ton of juice.
Obviously, we will never see one here. But I do hope that Citroën decides to offer a production version of this thing at some point. And I will smile for those of you who do get the chance to drive one of these wonderful things down your local dirt roads.
Hell, if I win the lottery and buy a vineyard in France someday, this will be my on-property vineyard checking machine.