The Citroen All-Electric Ami: A Paradigm Shift In Urban Transportation: A Mass-Market Compact Zero-Emission Car!

Citroen Ami One concept electric car

Citroen, The French Automotive Manufacturer And Part Of The PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, Is Correct To Envision A Future Of Compact Zero-Emission Electric Cars For The Urban Environment!


The Citroen Ami battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is an ‘ultra-compact’ EV targeted at city drivers of all ages (in France it is legal from age 14).

Citroen Ami Electric Car
Citroen Ami Electric Car (credit: Citroen)

The compact EV is indeed the urban transportation solution we all so desperately seek. We need to redefine the framework of urban mobility, not in small steps, but in leaps. We need to move away rapidly from the status quo i.e. cities congested with large vehicles, most of which are parked 90% of the time, clogging the already congested streets.

Moreover, our cities are literally disappearing in a cloud of smoke from tailpipe emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles. We simply do not have the luxury of time for iterative small steps, for defining the future of transportation in our cities. We need to move with strong leadership and a paradigm shift.

Citroen Ami Electric Car
Citroen Ami Electric Car (credit: Citroen)

The Citroen zero-emission electric car is certainly a step in that direction i.e. challenging the status quo of urban mobility. For a start, it is really ‘compact’, which simply means, more space for other road users to include e-bikes, e-scooters, e-motorcycles and conventional cycling.

Moreover, pure electric cars do not have tailpipe emissions i.e. green cars are zero-emissions. Cities across the world have witnessed significant increase in air pollution over the past two decades, and road transportation has been a major contributor to increase pollution.

This all-electric two-seat city car was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, a crucial year as the French automotive giant celebrates its 100th anniversary.  Citroen has already gained experience in the fast evolving electric vehicle industry with the Citroen C-Zero electric car. Production of the C-Zero has stopped and only available as a used vehicle. 

Citroen C Zero electric car
The All-Electric Citroen C-Zero Electric Car (credit: Citroen)

Citroen is committed to manufacturing a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) or battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for every new model. It aims to have an electrified version of every vehicle in its portfolio by 2025. Other Citroen EV concepts include the Citroen C5 AIRCROSS SUV hybrid concept, Citroen SURVOLT concept, Citroen CXPERIENCE concept and the Citroen 19_19 concept car. 

Citroen Ami One concept electric car
Citroen Ami Electric Car (credit: Citroen)

The cube-shaped e-car falls between the Renault TWIZY and the Smart EQ with compact dimensions (2.41m size and 7.20m turning diameter). Certainly helpful for parking in city centres!  The EV is designed to cater for urban consumers that are less concerned about ‘cars’ but more concerned about mobility, in particular, affordable, convenient and low-emission mobility.  

Though the car could be sold outright, the main theme is around ‘rental’ and ‘shared’ mobility. We at e-zoomed envision shared mobility to become the predominant route to mobility within the next 15 years. The concept of ‘car ownership‘ is set to change beyond recognition.

Citroen Ami Electric Car
Citroen Ami Electric Car (credit: Citroen)

Though Citroen’s success till date has been won in ‘rural mobility’ (2CV), the group is focusing its efforts for future mobility on the urban landscape.  The Ami electric is well suited for urban sharing mobility schemes.  In the UK, average distance per trip is a mere 12 miles and in the case of city driving, even shorter.  Electric cars like Ami are being designed to meet the needs of shorter commutes i.e. more compact with a smaller EV battery.

The Ami electric has a 5.5 kWh EV battery capable of an electric range of 43 miles at a top speed of 28 mph. This is indeed perfect for cities like London, Paris, Athen, Delhi and frankly most cities across the world. A zero-emission range of 43 miles is more than enough to get to work, the gym, shopping, school run and an evening out with family and friends. The plug-in electric car can be charged in 3 hours via a domestic 3 PIN socket. The top speed also works well, as cities like London have now introduced a 20 mph speed limit to curb pollution and increase road safety.

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Cities Like London Have Introduced A 20 MPH Speed Limit

The minimalist interior design helps enhance ‘cabin space’ and keep manufacturing costs down.  The doors have a wide opening, easing access to the vehicle for two individuals.  As one would expect, the Ami electric engages with a smartphone and relays vital information to the mobile app. One can also stream music via Bluetooth speakers. The doors lock and unlock via the smartphone. 

Citroen Ami One concept electric car
Citroen Ami EV (credit: Citroen)

Citroen is not the only automotive manufacturer seeking to capture the ‘zero-emission urban mobility’ segment, others include, the recently launched all-electric Uniti One Car, the pure electric Renault TWIZY and and the all-electric Smart EQ, to name a few. 

Affordability is a strong position for this urban green car. Long-term rental is priced at EUR 19.99 per month (48 months). It also offers a Free2Move car-sharing from EUR 0.26 per minute (subject to monthly subscription fee of EUR 9.90 with no commitment). Of course you can buy one outright from EUR 6,000 (including VAT).

This cute electric car is not currently available in the UK, but we certainly hope it is, and many more similar affordable zero-emission ultra compact EVs.


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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