Citroën will not travel to the Geneva Motor Show this year. However, the brand says that it will be introducing several new features in the coming weeks.
The first appears to be the release of a tease that Citroën will reveal a mobility solution for the masses on February 27, 2020, the date officially communicated on the brand’s social networks. On that day, Citroën says it will unveil a vehicle that “makes electric mobility accessible to all”.
It is expected the announcement will be an unveiling of a vehicle based on the Ami One Concept the brand introduced last year. (More on the here: https://citroenvie.com/citroen-celebrates-its-100th-anniversary-with-an-all-electric-ami-one-concept/)
It is expected that other news in the coming weeks will include the introduction of a (slightly) restyled version of the C3. Subsequent to that – a new 100% electric C4 will be announced. Expect to see the C4 displayed at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Shown at the Geneva Motor Show a year ago, the Ami One Concept is 2.5 meters long and can carry two people. Its maximum speed is 45 km/h with a range of 100 km, which made it an urban runabout.
This new vehicle is most-likely aimed at car-sharing fleets, via the PSA mobility service, Free 2 Move. It would notably replace the C-Zero, which is about to be discontinued, but it could also be marketed to the general public, with the aim of being the cheapest of new electric vehicles.
It is a gamble that could pay-off for Citroën when it comes to making electric mobility accessible to everyone. If priced right and in a new urban mobility market, where folks utilize a car short-term or commit to purchase one under contract like a cell phone, it will be blazing a new trail. Success, given the size and limited autonomy of the machine, could make it an urban choice for many.
It could be offered in two variants, one with a top speed of 45 km/h for the city and to qualify it for quadricycle status in France, and one that can travel at 80 km/h for non-expressway road trips. Unlike other quadricycles like the Renault Twizy, the Citroën would have a closed body and offer less spartan comfort.