Citroen plans to bring Ami city car to BritainOctober 28, 2020
The electric citycar will debut soon.
Citroën UK Managing Director Erig Drews revealed in an interview that the brand is in its final stages of evaluating the Ami electric city car. The automaker has a “great desire” to bring this unusual two-seater car to market.
“This is a real Citroën. This is the essence of Citroën. It’s unconventional, it’s fun, and it fits with what was intended, ”he said.
Ami aims to propel Citroën into a new era of car sharing and urban mobility. It is important to note that it is classified as an ATV, like the Renault Twizy, which means it can be driven in Europe without a driver’s license by people aged 16 and over.
Drews acknowledged that Citroën UK imported a small amount of Ami for evaluation. Citroën will invite media and consumers to test and evaluate the Ami as it stands as part of a “final assessment” ahead of sales. At the same time, it is specified that the model will be left-hand drive.
The French firm hopes the Ami, which remains true to the 2019 Ami One concept, will appeal to a new generation of buyers as their interest in more traditional entry-level cars like the C1 wanes. This summer it was launched in other European countries.
The Ami has a 5.5 kW lithium-ion battery under the floor, which can provide a cruising range of up to 76 kilometers, and a single engine allows it to reach a top speed of 42 km / h. The battery can be charged in just three hours from a household outlet.
In Europe, Citroën offers three models of car use: long-term rental, car sharing and cash purchase. The rental requires a security deposit of € 2,644 and monthly payments of € 19.99. As a car sharing, Ami can be rented for 26 cents per minute. Ami costs 6,000 euros.
Purchase Ami organized online. The vehicle can be delivered home or the customer can pick it up at the pick-up point. It will also be available at traditional Citroën dealerships.
The new car has doors that open in opposite directions. The cabin has two seats side by side. Satellite navigation and music are accessed via a smartphone located in a dedicated area in the center of the dashboard.
Citroën describes Ami as “a practical answer to new mobility expectations for short journeys, [providing] easier access to city centers, micromobility for all and a real alternative to scooters, bicycles, mopeds and public transport at a reasonable cost.”
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