How could the Citroen Ami transform urban electric mobility?

Citroen created the Ami for the urban driver with a sustainable conscious, but it may have an identity crisis in the current range of electric vehicles

It’s fair to say that there are a lot of new and exciting electric vehicles (EVs) out there, of which internal combustion vehicle (ICV) drivers may describe as ‘unusual’. 

In the eyes of these drivers, the Citroen AMI would be one of them, but that’s exactly why we love it as a sustainable, electrified option for urban city living. However, it’s a challenge to classify such a vehicle in the current mobility landscape as it ticks all the right boxes of a car, but some would argue that it works as a micro-mobility solution. 

The specifics of the Citroen AMI EV

It’s a creative solution from the french car manufacturer, but is it suitable for anywhere other than the streets of Paris? Perhaps Chris Harris from the UK’s top car show, Top Gear, may be the best to provide you with a review of the vehicle, it leaves an interesting conversation around the applications of the EV. 

As we’ve seen through the likes of TIER Mobility and other micro-mobility solution providers, consumers—commuters and travellers alike—are receptive to the change in urban transport thanks to e-scooters, e-bikes, and e-mopeds that are available only many street corners across the globe (depending on the app they use). 

As we find out in the December issue of EV Magazine, there is a transition taking place and more people are looking for cheaper, more sustainable, and more convenient ways to get around the city. 

In some respects, the Citroen AMI fits into this category. Costing just £19.99 per month—with a deposit of just over £2,700—the car is most certainly affordable in the grand scheme of automotive electrification. It is also compact, low range, and relatively low speed for an EV, which puts the car into micro-mobility territory. 

The Citroen AMI EV is still a car

Despite the size, speed, and nimble capabilities of the AMI, it is still a car. It requires a full driver’s licence and the driver and passenger will require seatbelts. The AMI achieves a top speed of 28mph and the customer can even purchase a sport-style trim for the car, and, in many cases, it’s not exempt from city traffic. 

But, it is 100% electric, so while the surrounding ICVs are harmful to the environment, this small, simplified electric car is cleaner and healthier for the driver, passengers, and their surroundings. 

Citroen also boasts the safety of the car in comparison to riding an e-scooter or a motorcycle in the city, which has inherent risks of its own. 

Citroen AMI’s place in sustainable mobility 

Here it is referred to as a car, but in other cases the AMI is called a Quadricycle, but generally, it is a solution. To both the demands of rapid climate change and the trends among consumers to be leaner in their approach to transportation.

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