Citroen has unveiled its new Ami electric car – a model that aims to make mobility even more accessibility around towns and cities.
Previewed last year by the Ami One concept that helped to celebrate Citroen’s centenary, the model got such a good reception that less than a year ago here is the production model.
As the Ami is technically a quadricycle (rather than a car), it means it can be driven by 14-year-olds in France, and 16-year-olds elsewhere in Europe, though UK teenagers may have to wait a bit longer as there are no immediate plans to introduce it to these shores.
The symmetrical design makes it look like nothing else on the road today, while its tiny dimensions (it’s much smaller than a Smart ForTwo) mean that it’s a tremendously good city car, along with its tiny turning circle.
Its 5.5kWh battery might be tiny and allow for a range of just 44 miles, but that should prove to be plenty for the inner-city use it’s intended for. Impressively there also isn’t a need to have a special charger to top up the batteries – rather than a simple household socket can charge the Ami up in just three hours.
The Ami also takes cues from the iconic Citroen 2CV – including the side windows which tilt upwards. Things like that to drive down costs, which is what the Ami is all about.
That’s because through Citroen’s Free2Move mobility services, the model is available from as little as €19.99 (£17) per month following €2,644 (£2,265), while through car-sharing schemes it can be driven for €0.26 a minute. It’s set to be purchased entirely online, while Amis can also be delivered to your home, rather than collected from the dealer. Should someone want to buy an Ami outright, it will cost €6,000 (£5,129).
Following from France, the Ami will be introduced to Italy, Spain, Belgium,Portugal and Germany, with Citroen said to be continuing to evaluate whether it can be brought to the UK.