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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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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