At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Citroën introduced an electric microcar dubbed Ami in form of a concept car, and almost exactly one year later, the carmaker officially launched the product.
This tiny car has a dimension of 2.41 meters long, 1.39 meters wide, and 1.52 meters high, which is overall shorter and slimmer than the smallest electric car in the market.
It only weighs around 485 kg, including a 5.5 kWh battery, which makes it the same class as the Renault Twizy. But compared to Twizy, Ami has a passenger compartment that is quite spacey.
In terms of styling, the Citroën electric microcar looks simpler than the concept model. This can be seen from the arrangement of two-story lights that are simpler and asymmetrical doors that open in the opposite direction, which at first glance seem difficult to determine which direction the vehicle is facing. The personalization options will include six colored accessory packages.
Given its classification in the European Union, Citroën Ami can be driven without a driving license by drivers with an average age of 16 years or even 14 years in France.
Thanks to its size, Ami is seen as a practical solution for taking short trips in the city and as an alternative vehicle to replace bicycles, mopeds, scooters, and public transportation. Plus the personalization options will include six colored accessory packages.
With the support of an 8 horsepower electric motor, Citroën Ami has a top speed of 45 km/hour. While the 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery it uses provides a range of up to 70 km and can be charged within 3 hours on a conventional 220V socket. Citroën Ami can also charge in public terminals or Wall Boxes using the appropriate cable.
Citroën offers several options for consumers to be able to drive Ami. The prospective customer can either buy, long-term rental, or sharing a car. For those who are interested in buying it directly, Ami is offered at a base price of around $ 6500 including VAT in France.
There is also a 48-month long-term lease option with a payment of around $ 22 per month with a down payment of around $ 2900. As for the third option, Citroën Ami is part of the PSA Free2Move car-sharing service fleet with a monthly subscription fee that has not been released yet.
Citroën has begun accepting orders for the Ami since March 30 in France and a few months later in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, and Germany. The first shipment of the car is scheduled for June 2020.