The Citroën Ami electric quadricycle is set to change city commuting. [Photo provided to China Daily]
At first glance, it appears to be a cute little car – but you’d be wise to take another look. Launched for the French and European markets this summer, the Citroën Ami is a light quadricycle that boasts a smooth, clutch-less ride and instant acceleration from a standstill. It’s capable of speeds of up to 45km/h.
On an easy, silent and smooth drive, the Ami is 100% electric, with zero CO2 emissions. Like a smartphone, its battery charges in just three hours via a standard electrical socket. At just 2.41 metres in length, it’s ultra-compact for easy parking, but spacious on the inside and is suitable for two people side by side.
Operated via a subscription-service model, intriguingly, the Ami doesn’t require a driving licence – making it an ideal mobility solution that’s easily accessible to a large number of city-dwellers as young as 14 in France and 16 in other European countries, though they’ll need to have a road safety certificate. The Ami is designed as much for the teenager without a driving licence who wants to visit a friend’s house or go to school independently as it is for an older couple who already have a primary vehicle, but who prefer Ami’s agility for running quick errands. This electric wonder is also likely to appeal to businesspeople who wish to go about their daily commutes in urban areas with peace of mind.
“For 100 years, Citroën has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement,” remarked Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée at the Ami’s launch. “This year, Citroën has come up with a new urban mobility solution that’s accessible to everyone. The 100%-electric Ami aims to be a real breakthrough in enabling urban mobility.” Here’s hoping the Ami comes to Hong Kong soon – it would be a real game-changer.