Sustainable mobility for cities could be easy to come by. Citroën shows how it's done and is successful. France, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain and other countries receive the AMI. Unfortunately not (yet) in Germany. Probably because demand is so great beyond the borders that not enough AMI can roll off the assembly lines in Morocco. Mobility that is smart and sustainable is available at reasonable prices. In France, an AMI for long-term rental does not cost more than the flat rate for a mid-range smartphone. It's fun, and not only that.
A real city car
The AMI is 100% a city car. Just like the (original) Smart used to be before it fell into Chinese hands and started to grow in size. It is ultra-compact, with a length of just 2,41 meters it fits in any parking space. The turning circle is a sensational 7,20 meters and the all-electric range is specified as 75 kilometers.
As I said, the AMI is a car for the city. Not one to go on vacation with. A top speed of 45 km/h is quite sufficient, as our cities will be transformed into 30 km/h zones in the future. The 5,5 kWh battery can be charged at a normal socket and takes 3 hours. A wall box or a fast charger would be possible, but bring no advantage, since a faster charging option is not provided.
The charging behavior probably corresponds to urban reality. One battery charge of the AMI is enough for a day in the city.
Phenomenon Citroën AMI
AMI is becoming a social phenomenon in France. Again Citroën revolutionizes the market. 23.500 customers are already using the intelligent city runabout. According to the manufacturer, their age is between 14 and 77 years. The AMI is a car for all social classes and all ages. A typical Citroën, in the best tradition.
The AMI, whose concept was presented for the first time in 2019, is also in detail what one might understand by a real Citroën. Something unusual is expected - and the manufacturer delivers. examples? The doors on the driver's and passenger's side close and open in opposite directions. Counter-rotating on the driver's side, for greater ease of entry, and conventional on the passenger's side.
The interior, offering space for two passengers, amazes with asymmetrically arranged seats. The passenger seat, which is set back slightly, is intended to provide enormous legroom, which is not to be expected from the ultra-compact electric car. In addition, the standard panoramic roof ensures an airy, generous feeling of space.
So the Citroën is not a renunciation car. It's a modern 2CV, and it's not just the wing mirrors and fold-up windows that remind you of its heritage. The duck of the 21st century provides everything urban nomads need. Purchases and luggage can be stowed in nets or find space behind the driver's seat. The AMI even has an electric heater, which is not a matter of course in this class.
Smartphone integration with “My AMI Play”
Citroën offers an inexhaustible range of options for customizing the AMI with stickers and color accents according to your personal attitude to life. Special models, like the current ones AMI tonic, always bring a breath of fresh air and ensure that the product remains exciting.
Of course, the AMI, which is registered as a light four-wheeled motor vehicle and can therefore (in Germany) be driven from the age of 15, is also a networked vehicle. The smartphone can be integrated via "My AMI Play", then you can stream, navigate and of course make calls on board.
But behind the great success is not only an intelligent, urban concept. The prize for sustainable mobility in cities is also convincing. The current Tonic special model in France costs €8.990,00. Or, as a long-term rental, €34,99 per month. The basic AMI model is available for €19,99 a month. This corresponds to the monthly flat rate for a mid-range smartphone and makes electric mobility affordable for many people.
When it comes to sales, Citroën prefers to use the internet. Most AMIs are configured and sold online, or rented.
In Germany the AMI is (currently) only offered as an Opel. The market launch of the Rocks-e, as the opelized Citroën is called, was supposed to take place in 2021, but it was pushed back further and further. The first AMI from Opel is scheduled to appear on the German market in December, and anyone who wants can have their vehicle delivered directly to their door.
However, the Citroën is the original and the Opel is only the derivative. And who would be satisfied with the copy when the originals are roaming through Paris in France?
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