After lamenting Hyundai’s devilish (in a good way) retro EV concept, a new concept vehicle came to steal my heart from a company I can’t say I’ve heard of before. This is the Citroën My Ami Buggy, a small battery-powered vehicle that looks like a smart car that got really into hiking, mountain biking, or lots of fun weekend activities (shout out Engaged for putting that in my life).
Citroën says in its press release that the buggy is designed to be playful, something “every 14-77 year old would want to add to their Christmas list”, and says it took inspiration from “non-automotive worlds such as construction sets, industrial design and fashion. I can actually buy fashion – the spare wheel mounted on the roof is reminiscent of a casually thrown beret. Although I also can’t help but see it as a bulk version of one of these John Deere Gator Utility Trucks.
Citroën has many, many words to describe the design of the car, lyrical lyrics on the removable and roll-up zip canvas doors, the “+” badge meant to signify the buggy’s EV character, and the black, yellow color scheme. and khaki intended to remind you of camping gear. If I had even the slightest hope that this car would turn out to be a real thing that you could buy (like some kind of chic version of the Subaru Outback Adventure), I might recommend reading it all – but mostly you’ll get the vibe by watching the 1-minute demo tape the company made for it.
The My Ami Buggy is based on Citroën’s Ami, which is a city-focused electric vehicle with an 8 horsepower motor, a top speed of 28 MPH and a range of slightly more range. 40 miles. according to Engaged. (This vehicle started as a concept himself, so maybe there is hope that I will get a buggy after all!)
The Ami seems to be made to be rented for short periods of time like a Lime scooter, rather than something you would like to take road trips with or take on an off-road adventure. But if you do a concept and call it a buggy, I’m going to want to see someone try to send it over a sand dune, like this video that every Subaru owner shows to their friends to prove that they don’t need a raised pickup (which probably couldn’t go up the hill anyway).
Who knows if that might actually do it, but it’s fun to think of all the little adventures you could have with this sort of thing. How would you go about bringing it into the fresh air without making a dozen charge stops? This is the type of logical question that works best for Mondays. It’s the weekend – we dream of going down to the river with inflatable tubes in the back of the buggy or (maybe more in season) of tying an apartment-sized Christmas tree that we cut ourselves to the top.
Oh, and PS, as far as I know, the name My Ami is no pun on Miami. If you have any information to the contrary, please let me know (although I think I would probably be confused).