The Citroen Ami family expanded in May 2021 with the debut of its LCV version dubbed Citroen My Ami Cargo. Pierre Leclercq, Head of Design, Citroen, has hinted that there could be more versions for different applications arriving in the future.
In an interview with wallpaper.com, Leclercq was asked if the Ami could become an inspiration for a larger EV. While denying that such may not be the case, he said that the Ami is itself on the edge of legislation in the aspects of dimensions and weight. “But we have a lot of ideas for Ami,” the design chief added. Leclercq said that the LCV version has “inspired some of the other projects” Citroen is working on now, which could be additional Ami versions for new applications.
After going on sale in Europe last year, the Citroen Ami will be travelling across the Atlantic to the United States. Free2Move, a mobility services company of Stellantis, has confirmed via a teaser on LinkedIn that the new electric quadricycle is on its way to Washington DC.
Citroen Ami sets sight on U.S. & UK in 2022
Washington DC is one of the five locations worldwide where Free2Move offers carsharing and car rental services, and the Ami is one of the few electric models in its fleet. Connecting the dots, it looks like the Citroen Ami will be available for urban mobility services in Washington DC soon. In France, Citroen’s home market, the Ami was launched in April 2020. Here, the two-seat quadricycle can be operated even by teenagers.
Meanwhile, in Britain, customer interest in the Citroen Ami is soaring. The Ami has a dedicated page on the Citroen UK website where patrons are asked if they would buy one and register their interest. Data shows that there is a huge desire for this model in the country.
According to a report from Autocar, 10,400 people have registered interest in the new French quadricycle in the UK. While there’s no announcement about its availability in the country yet, there are strong indicators of a 2022 launch.
Eurig Druce, Managing Director, Citroen (UK), has said that the likelihood of the Citroen Ami UK launch is higher than last year. There was a 75% chance that the Ami will arrive in the UK in October 2020, but now, that number has gone up to 90%, Druce said. He continued that if the company does bring the Ami to the UK, it will do so in both the versions, the standard passenger version and the one-seat cargo version.
Speaking to AutoExpress in October 2020, Druce confirmed that even if the Ami variants were launched in the UK, it would be sold as a left-hand drive only since the company would not be investing in converting it to a right-hand-drive version.
Many Amis have been imported to the UK for testing around the company’s headquarters in Coventry. In the French market, the Ami costs 6,000 Euros, which is around 5,200 GBP, potentially making it the cheapest ‘car’ in Britain. However, the company expects most of the owners to take the subscription or sharing schemes.
Early-2022 UK release reported
In their test drive review of the Ami, Car Magazine said that a market launch in the UK is planned for early 2022 and noted that the Ami would mainly target users of bicycles, scooters, and public transport. Free2Move would run a mobility sharing network, though outright sales would also be possible.
A major difference in the United Kingdom will be the need for a driving licence to use the Ami. This is primarily due to Ami’s 425 kg pre-battery weight, which is higher than the UK’s 350 kg limit for light quads (a light quad can be driven by UK drivers from age 16 after a motorcycle training day – CBT). You would need to be at least 17 years of age to drive one, unlike France or other European countries, which allow quadricycles to be operated by drivers as young as 14.
Citroen Ami on sale in France & Italy
Enrique Martinez, CEO & Director, Groupe Fnac Darty, which sells household appliances and electronics, revealed in August 2020 that 39 Fnac and Darty stores in France market the Citroen Ami. Since February 2020, Groupe Fnac Darty and Groupe PSA have partnered to sell the Citroen Ami at the retail stores. Customers can place orders for the new electric car online on Fnac Darty’s websites. The company has also started selling the vehicle in Italy, where it competes with the Renault Twizy. Citroen’s physical and online channels also have the Ami on sale.
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The Ami, in its basic avatar, is available in dual-tone blue & grey body colour. The ‘My Ami’ pack that costs 400 euros will unlock four colours – Blue, Gray, Orange, and Khaki. To add sportiness to the car, there’s the ‘Pop’ pack, which gets you a rear spoiler, while the grey ‘Vibe’ pack offers the option of a roof rack. These packs come with additional black panels and stickers priced at 900 euros and 1,460 euros, respectively. Additionally, Citroen offers various accessories, including a floor mat, storage bins, bag hook, and smartphone clip.
|Citroen Ami Specifications||Figures|
|Turning Diameter||7.20 m|
|Battery Capacity||5.5 kWh|
|Charging Time||3 hours|
|Top speed||45 km/h|
|Price (France)||6,000 Euros|
Ami, Citroen’s response to the world’s new mobility expectations for short journeys, was revealed in late February 2020. The fully electric Ami is a productionized Citroen’s Ami One concept from 2019, can seat two persons, gets a functional interior with cleverly distributed storage spaces, and a panoramic roof as standard.
Ami has been designed from the inside towards the outside. First of all, an interior that gives you a different feeling from what you may know, an interior that we wanted to be spacious despite a very small footprint. Then comes its trim. A clever symmetrical conception (front/rear, left/right door) building a strong character and unique functionality (door opening).Pierre Leclercq, Head of Citroën Style
A specific exterior colour that is neither too feminine nor too masculine and that works with the different colour packs we have developed (blue, white, khaki and orange). Ami is a base that can become a completely customised object with exterior and interior accessories that are either pure style or offer real extra functionality as well as stickers that give it a completely different character.
Citroen Ami ownership models
The Citroen Ami is available in three options in the French market: long-term rental, Car-sharing, and In-cash. Long-term rental is for those who already have cars and want a regular mode of transport for short trips. For this option, customers need to pay 2,644 Euros and then rent 19.99 Euros per month. A car-sharing plan can be availed at 0.26 Euro per minute and will be operated by Free2Move service provider. The Ami can also be bought fully in cash for 6,000 Euros.
Cargo version launched in France
Citroen has also introduced a commercial version of the Ami in Europe. Called the Ami Cargo, it is for last-mile delivery service companies and business uses in the urban areas.
The main change is the deletion of the passenger seat, replaced with a 7-part polypropylene compartment that can take 260 litres and 140kg of goods and cargo. The total load capacity is 400 kg and is ideal for parcel delivery companies, plumbers, locksmiths, and electricians.
The Citroen Ami Cargo has a vertical partition separator between the driver and the cargo section. It comes with a modular secondary shelf that can hold 40 kg. It has an A4 size cutout that can hold paperwork or forms. The cargo floor is two-way adjustable and can be raised and locked vertically or be lowered into a horizontal fashion along the vehicle floor.
At the back of the cabin, a small secure storage compartment can hold valuables like a wallet or phone.
The Citroen Ami Cargo will be available to order in France from June. It is priced at €6,490. Renting is an option via a long-term lease agreement, with monthly payments starting from €24.18. Customers also have the option of adding their company logo on the quadricycle.
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