Citroen has announced that it will bring its electric Ami to the UK after receiving a large level of interest for the model.

Though introduced to France last year, Citroen was undecided as to whether to launch the model in Britain. However, after receiving more than 12,000 expressions of interest for UK customers, the firm has decided to officially launch the model in spring next year.

Specifically aimed at urban areas, the Ami’s 5.5kWh battery allows for an electric range of 46 miles, though can be plugged in at a traditional home socket for a full charge in three hours. The firm says it’s a ‘modern solution that delivers on Citroen’s promise to provide affordable and clean mobility solutions for all’.

Measuring just 2.41m in length and with an impressively small turning circle, it’s ideal for crowded towns and cities, while still offering space for a driver and passenger. A wide range of accessory packs and personalisation packs are also available.

Eurig Druce, managing director of Citroën UK, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that Citroën Ami is launching in the UK. With cities and urban areas introducing stricter limits for vehicles, and people demanding new mobility solutions, Ami shows once again how Citroën is adapting to meet the demands of the times. Citroën AMI is a new all-electric mobility solution for the UK that’s totally unique – fun, exciting and accessible to all.

“After thousands of UK buyers have already registered their interest in Citroën Ami, we are very excited to confirm that the AMI will arrive in the country in spring 2022.”

Unlike in France, though, the Ami won’t be allowed to be driven by 14 year olds in Britain, and drivers will need to have a full licence, just like they would to get behind the wheel of a passenger car. Though Citroen says it will be adapted for the UK market, the steering wheel will remain on the left hand side of the car.

Though UK prices haven’t been announced, it’s likely to cost from around £5,500, and could be available as a subscription service, as it is in France. Those that already registered their interest can secure a car with a £250 refundable reservation fee, with orders open to everyone a week later.