The world of electric is full of excitement, adding more flair, comes the French automaker Citroen with “Ami”. A tiny car which is here to bring new mobility solutions, albeit we are referring to it as a “car”, it is not actually one. It comes in the category of “light quadricycle”.
So how tiny is the Citrone Ami, 2.41 metres long and only 1.39 metres wide. For a perspective, the Tata Nano was 3.1 m in length or Bajaj Qute which is 2.75m. Another major point for being classified as a quadricycle is, it can be driven by anyone above 14 years old in France and above 16 years old in Europe and the UK. Citroen Ami is 100% Electric, and Citrone believes that “it has no equivalent in mobility transport”. Backing their statement up with the fact that it has more protection as compared to a two-wheeler and more comfort than public transport. Though you can compare it with Renault Twizy.
Coming to the design, we have to say the Ami is a cute looking car. The whole design of the car is very symmetrical from the front, sides as well as the back. Also, the fact that the components have been kept to a bare minimum. The front gets round LED headlamps. Another unique thing is how the door open, as everything is symmetric, the door open in the opposite direction (front-hinged and other one rear-hinged).
Get inside and the same basic minimalism continues. No infotainment system of sorts but a place for your phone to hold on and work as your infotainment system along with the companion app. You will need your own Bluetooth speaker to play some music which can be kept right after the small instrument cluster. It also gets a big panoramic roof. You can also customize the wheel covers and roof sticker from Citroen.
Powering the little Ami is a 5.50-kWh battery pack which can provide it with a range of 70km. The top speed is 45kmph which should be enough for city runs, and for the fact that 14-year olds can drive it. The benefit of having a small battery is that it can be fully charged in just three hours with a standard three-point charger.
Citroen Ami will be available on rent, as a monthly and minute-by-minute basis. You have to first make an initial payment of €2,644 (Rs 2.10 Lakh), and then you will have monthly payments of €19.99 (Rs 1,592). For minute-by-minute rates, you can get the Ami fo as low as €0.26 (Rs 21) a minute. And if you don’t want the hassle of renting, just buy the car by paying €6,000 (Rs 4.78 Lakh) upfront. Pre-orders will be open from 30 March in France and then for other countries. Deliveries will commence by June. As for India, Citroen will arrive here in the end of 2020 with their Aircross C5 SUV.
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