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This cute EV off-road buggy concept arrived just in time for the weekend

After pining after Hyundai’s evil (in a great way) EV retro concept, a brand new concept car has come to steal my coronary heart from an organization I can’t say I’ve heard of earlier than. It’s the Citroën My Ami Buggy, a tiny battery-powered car that appears like a sensible automobile bought actually into backpacking, mountain-biking, or any variety of enjoyable weekend actions (shout out to Engadget for bringing this into my life).

Citroën says in its press launch that the buggy is designed to be playful, one thing “that each baby from the age of 14 to 77 would need to add to their Christmas checklist,” and says it took inspiration from “non-automotive worlds comparable to building video games, industrial design and style.” I can truly purchase style — the roof-mounted spare tire is harking back to a jauntily tossed beret. Though I can also’t assist however see it as a bulked-up model of a kind of John Deere Gator utility trucks.

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  • There are such a lot of enjoyable particulars — the headlight cages, the mild bar, the mirror that might look extra at dwelling on a motorbike…

    Picture: Citroën

  • Citroën has made some color-matched baggage to suit in the My Ami.

    Picture: Citroën

Citroën has many, many phrases to explain the automobile’s design, waxing lyrical about the detachable and rollable zippered canvas doorways, the “+” badge meant to suggest the buggy’s EV-ness, and the black, yellow, and khaki coloration scheme meant to remind you of tenting tools. If I had any hope of this automobile changing into an precise factor you possibly can purchase (like a form of stylish model of the Subaru Outback Adventure), I’d suggest studying all of it — however you’ll largely get the vibe by watching the minute-long demo reel the firm made for it.

The My Ami Buggy relies on Citroën’s Ami, which is a city-focused EV that has an 8-horsepower motor, a prime velocity of 28 MPH, and just a contact over 40 miles of vary, according to Engadget. (That car started out as a concept itself, so possibly there’s hope that I’ll get a buggy in any case!)

The Ami looks as if it’s made to be rented out for quick bursts of time like a Lime scooter, reasonably than one thing you’d need to go on highway journeys with or tackle an off-road journey. However when you make a concept and name it a buggy, I’m going to need to see somebody try to ship it up a sand dune, like that one video every Subaru owner shows to their friends to show they don’t want some lifted pickup (that in all probability couldn’t make it up the hill anyway).

Who is aware of if it might truly do it, nevertheless it’s enjoyable to think about all the tiny adventures you possibly can go on with this form of factor. How would you truly get it to the nice outside with out making a dozen charging stops? That’s the kind of logical query higher suited for Mondays. It’s the weekend — we’re dreaming of driving right down to the river with some inflatable tubes in the again of the buggy or (maybe extra seasonably) strapping an apartment-sized Christmas tree that we lower down ourselves to the prime.

Oh, and PS: so far as I can inform, the title My Ami isn’t a pun on Miami. When you have info to the opposite, although, please let me know (although I feel I’d in all probability just be confused).

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