Updated: Apr 13
French car manufacturers Citroen have launched a tiny electric vehicle that aims to bridge the gap between electric scooters and cars.
The Citroen Ami, which is 100% electric, is a direct descendant of the Ami ONE Concept introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. The vehicle has become a reality in barely a year.
The French car giants hope the unique Ami is a practical answer to new mobility expectations for short urban journeys.
The two seater vehicle brings the expected smooth and silent electric drive and can travel up to 47 miles on a full charge. The Ami contains a 5.5kWh lithium ion battery that can charge in just 3 hours from a standard electrical socket, like a smartphone.
Its ultra-compact 2.41m size and 7.20m turning diameter will also make city travel and parking a more simple task.
Most interestingly, the vehicle requires NO driver's licence. The Ami is, like the Renault Twizy, registered as a quadricyle, which means it can be driven from 14 years old in France and 16 years old on average in European countries with or without a driving licence.
With the aim of being a vehicle for everyone, the Ami is also very affordable. Long-term rental costs just £17 (€19.99) per month (Ami Amiversion; long-term rental of 48 months, initial payment £2,227 (€2,644), ecological bonus of £700 (€900) including VAT deducted in France). Outright purchase costs starts at just over £5,000 (€6,000) incl. VAT.
Vincent Cobée, Citroën Brand CEO: "For 100 years, Citroën has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement. This year, Citroën has come up with a new urban mobility solution accessible to everyone: compact,protective, 100% electric, without driving licence, and affordable. Ami – 100% ëlectricaims to be a real breakthrough in enabling urban mobility, a solution in sync with new modes of consumption. This great idea was a concept one year ago. We are proud that we have made it happen today. "
Image credits: Citroen