Much less is extra. That’s the Citroën Ami in a nutshell. The all-electric four-wheeler with its 75-kilometre-range targets a younger, city group of consumers who merely need to get from A to B. We examined it and questioned whether or not the little pal can be appropriate for fleet use.
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How do you start a automotive overview of a automotive that’s lowered to the naked necessities? With what’s lacking: air con, inside mirrors, radio, navigation, energy home windows, trunk, heated seats. Okay, this checklist would go on. So let’s have a look at the value: 6,000 euros. That’s how little the Citroën Ami prices in France. And can in Germany, when it arrives there on the finish of the primary quarter of subsequent 12 months, because the Citroën managers promised this week at a driving occasion in Berlin. When PSA debuted the Ami in France, additionally they promised market entry in Southern Europe round 2021. Solely the UK web site nonetheless considers the compact EV an idea.
However again to Berlin. The small quantity of euros buys you a spartan little auto comprising 250 particular person elements, which a 5.5 kWh small battery ought to be capable to carry round for as much as 75 kilometres. (Our show confirmed 65 when absolutely charged.) With 471 kilos, the Ami is an actual light-weight but additionally takes solely two individuals. The 48-volt drive delivers 6 kW on the entrance axle. With the battery positioned within the rear, the load appears nicely distributed. Due to a most pace of 45 kph or 28 mph, even holders of a category AM driver’s license (key phrase: moped license) are allowed to drive the small EV as early as on the age of 16. Thus far, so little.
Clearly: You received’t drive the Citroën Ami to go on trip or to see your mother-in-law. Even a visit past the Berlin metropolis borders requires planning. However that’s exactly the concept: Many individuals solely drive quick distances to work or buying anyway. And so they could have two automobiles within the family. Certainly one of them might be this little pal in future.
On the identical time, the small electrical automotive is also enticing for a fleet utility or two. Sadly, the Citroën workers on-site didn’t relay as as to if the fleet sector already performs a job in gross sales in France. However as is well-known, PSA runs the EV of their car-sharing Free2move. It couldn’t get extra fleet…
Our take a look at drive throughout Berlin additionally gave us the next concepts: Nursing companies, which function in outlined quarters, may see the automobile as an answer between a bicycle (truly recommendable) and bigger automobiles (arduous to search out parking area). The Ami would additionally swimsuit supply companies that aren’t on the street 24/7 or can cost throughout breaks. Within the municipal sector – for messenger journeys or in parking administration – there needs to be quite a few functions as nicely.
We may proceed this checklist of concepts at will. After all, potential buddies of Ami autos within the fleet ought to be sure that to produce enough charging infrastructure. For the reason that automotive at present solely has an ordinary plug (suppose Schuco socket) – hidden within the passenger door – it doesn’t want a lot. Easy exterior sockets would suffice given the manageable 1.eight kW. An adapter for kind 2 charging stations and wall packing containers is to return however appears superfluous. It takes three hours to totally cost the little vitality pack, a technique or one other.
Positive, the Ami affords little luxurious. The seats are arduous, the windshield heater is noisy – and there’s a full lack of cooling. That’s why you must most likely take take a look at drives in winter and summer season first. However for cities that dare for fewer automobiles, Citroën has the reply. At 7.2 meters, the turning circle is extraordinarily small and a supply of pleasure in dense metropolis site visitors. And, the Ami is a bit eye-candy – it’s been a while since we’ve bought this many curious glances and smiley thump-ups in Berlin Mitte.
Solely the approval-related restrict of 45 kph (the Ami runs in EU class L6e) is probably a bit too gradual for the stream on Berlin’s massive axes. Between SUV and truck, we typically felt a bit misplaced. However ultimately, the seek for a parking area, that often turns into parking discovered with this little pal, compensates for it. And so does the smile of the pedestrians on the subsequent site visitors gentle.
Reporting by Peter Schwierz, Berlin.
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