Citroen is gearing up for an urban electric revolution with the Ami model

While we’ve been encouraged to make the switch to electric cars for many years now, the sad reality is that most people simply can’t afford the expense, even if the subsequent running costs can make up for it.

After all, there’s no denying that most electric car manufacturers think of their designs as luxury, which means high standards, as many miles driven on a single charge as possible, and of course a price beyond the reach of most mortals. Just look at Tesla, probably everyone would like to have one in their garage, but the price is usually prohibitive. By the way, there are other problems, because as we are mostly dealing with sedans and SUVs, they are characterized by a size that is indeed comfortable on longer trips, but in crowded cities can be a big drawback.

All this, however, seems to have been noticed by another car company, so far rather little associated with electric cars, namely Citroen. Therefore, during this year’s Geneva Salon, it is going to present its vision of urban mobility, the priority of which will be accessibility for everyone, and we are talking about the AMI ONE model. It combines all the advantages of electric propulsion technology with small dimensions, practicality and price, thanks to which it has a chance to reach a wide audience and fit into even the smallest parking space.

The body with its geometric shapes has extremely compact dimensions (length 2.5 m, width 1.5 m and height 1.5 m), and the car is extremely handy and maneuverable, so it feels perfect in the city and in the hands. even of an inexperienced driver. For it turns out that the car is to be available in our country already for drivers with a B1 driving license at the age of 16. Of course, this specific design (e.g. doors opening in different directions) has its drawbacks and certainly does not look as stylish as the competition’s proposals, but that is not its purpose – the priority is safety, comfort of moving around the city and the cost of production.

Thanks to that, we managed to set the price of Citroen Ami at a very interesting level of 29,900 PLN, and what’s more, the concern also provides for a number of additional lease plans – in the case of a long-term lease, i.e. 48 months, we have to reckon with the starting amount of approx. 3500 EUR, and then a fixed fee of just 20 EUR per month! But coming back to the technical issues for a moment, the Ami is intended for short urban routes, so here we have a set of 5.5 kWh, which provide a range of up to 100 km, and the maximum speed of the car is 45 km/h. When it comes to charging, using a typical socket, we have to reckon with the time of about 3 hours (in a city charging station or a Wallbox point, two hours).

At the same time, the car is quiet, but at the same time complies with the EU regulation implemented on January 1, 2019, according to which electric vehicles must generate a sound to warn pedestrians while driving. The car will be operated in part by the dedicated My Citroën mobile app, which will check the remaining range, battery charge level and time remaining to full charge, mileage, maintenance appointment messages, schedule an appointment at an authorized service center and find the nearest charging station. Orders can be placed first in France, i.e. from March 30, and enjoy the car as early as June, while other major European countries have to wait a few more months for the start of sales. Will Poland be among them? We don’t know yet.

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