Citroën’s tiny Ami electric car will be released for sale in various European countries this year, and the company also hopes to rent them out, which will be good news for travellers.

The Citreon Ami on a street
Citroën’s Ami electric car will be released for sale in various European countries this year © Citroën Communication / Damien Vignaux @ Contiart

At just 2.41 metres-long, the Ami is classed as a “light quadricycle,” so it doesn’t require a driving licence to operate and offers a smooth clutch-less ride. As a result, it can be driven by 14-year-olds in France and 16-year-olds in the rest of Europe. It has a top speed of just 45km per hour and has a range of up to 70km. Its 5.5kWh battery can be charged from a standard 220v European wall outlet in three hours. It is silent by design thanks to its 100% electric technology.

Two people getting out of the Citreon Ami
The Citroën Ami has a top speed of 45km per hour © Citroën Communication / Damien Vignaux @ Contiart

The Ami will be available for sale at a cost of €6000 ($6858) including VAT, with a bonus of €900 ($1029) including VAT deducted in France. It will also be available to rent for short periods. The e-cars will be available for around €0.26 ($0.30) per minute via partners like Free2Move, subject to a monthly subscription of €9.90 ($11.32) with no commitment. It comes with an app that locates nearby charging points and provides drivers with details of the car's current charge status, mileage and maintenance alerts.

A woman in a Citreon Ami with four others in the background
The Citroën Ami can be rented by the minute © Citroën Communication / Damien Vignaux @ Contiart

Citroën says that the two-seater car is a practical response to new mobility expectations for short journeys, enabling easier access to city centres and finding micro-mobility means for all. It also provides a real alternative to scooters, bicycles, mopeds and public transportation at a reasonable cost. As it's 100% electric, it has zero CO2 emissions, which is ideal for those seeking a greener way to travel.

The opening of orders is scheduled for 30 March in France, and a few months later in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Germany. The first deliveries to customers are scheduled for June in France.

For further information, please see Citroën's website here.

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