A better car for my future - the Citroen ME concept

Nov 20, 2020,14:19 PM

I realize that not everyone lives near the beach and can use an open car. But millions of people around the world DO and can use an open car-ette. Heck, it’s better than a moped. 

Alexandre Pain, an independent designer, took the new Citroën AMI, stripped it down and repurposed it. His Me Concept (based on the original Mehari idea) could be a city car like the AMI with limits to 30 mph and rating as a large electric quadricycle and open to drivers at 16 years old without a license. OR it could be equipped with a 22 kWh battery allowing it up to 125 miles / 200 km of range, perhaps with speeds to 50 mph. 


It has identical front and rear lights -- rectangular LED strips across the width of the vehicle. The large solid wheels partially shielded by the funky bodywork make it seem like a lunar rover (or a Manx dune buggy!). The floating headrests are carried by a hoop over minimalist seats. The two side doors open normally, a rectangular steering wheel  faces the driver, and the dashboard is covered with gray mesh fabric. The rear storage area has a bin for wet, sandy clothing when coming home from the beach. Not that far off the original Mehari!

OK, so it looks like a LEGO car. But that's ok, its functionality is what counts, and there's nothing overtly ugly about it to me.

The ME

It's a modern, electric version of my MEHARI shown here from about 1980.

Around 1990's

This shot in 2003 or 2004

Sold in 2013

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They were sold here by Riviera Motors

 By: cazalea : November 20th, 2020-15:44
Besides mine there were 3-4 others, all 1970 models. One was in Lemon Grove; I never met the other owners.


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 20th, 2020-18:06

Is that the Mr Pain who later on started working for Dinkey Toys?

 By: Jurry : November 21st, 2020-03:12
Kidding, nice post, informative and brings a smile