A better car for my future - the Citroen ME concept
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.
It's a modern, electric version of my MEHARI shown here from about 1980.
This shot in 2003 or 2004
Sold in 2013