price, release date, characteristics, all about the license-free electric car

Citroën has been marketing the Ami, an intriguing license-free electric car, in France since May 11, 2019. The vehicle is accessible from the age of 14 for the modest sum of € 6,900 excluding the ecological bonus of € 900. Price, release date, finishes, equipment, here is everything you need to know about the Citroën Ami.

citroen friend

We do not choose our family, but we choose our Friend. After the presentation of a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, Citroën announced at the end of February 2020 the marketing of the Ami, its electric cart without a license. The Citroën Ami is aimed at a very specific audience. City dwellers, of course, but also young people. Since it does not require a driver’s license, it is accessible from the age of 14, provided you have obtained the BSR or the AM license. With this license-free electric car, Citroën is introducing a product that is as attractive as it is surprising. We take stock of this Friend who wants you well.

🚗 What design for the Citroën Ami?

Citroën explains that it was inspired by the 2CV to design the Ami. Nevertheless, the rounded lines of the legendary car have given way to a cubic and symmetrical design. Intended for an urban audience, the friend displays dimensions riquiqui (2.41 x 1.39 x 1.52 m), a weight of 490 kg and a turning radius of 3.6 m, ideal for squeezing through small streets. The body rests on four 14-inch wheels. Two doors (one of which is antagonistic) complete the set.

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Don’t be fooled by its small size. Like the first Mini in its time, The Friend is designed to accommodate two adults. “The two seats are symmetrical and arranged in an offset offering a real feeling of space and ease of movement for each of the occupants, both in terms of shoulder width and leg or head space” assures Citroën. The large glass surfaces promise a lot of light on board.

citroen ami equipments

The manufacturer has to make some sacrifices in terms of equipment, content to provide the basics. Logic. The central smartphone slot is the only little trick that Citroën allows itself. No central screen therefore, the My Citroën application allowing access to all vehicle information.

🚘 What finishes?

The Friend is available in seven versions. Citroën does not lack humor in their name. TheAt Miami will be the base model, My Ami Gray, My Ami Khaki, My Ami Blue and My Ami Orange constituting the second level of finishes. Additional equipment includes the floor mat, a storage bin on the top of the dashboard, a central divider net, a door net, a bag hook, a smartphone clip and a Bluetooth / USB dongle.

citroen ami passenger compartment

My Friend Pop and My Friend Vibe are therefore the two most premium finishes. Two black taillight trims, a black rear spoiler, two bumper reinforcements (front and rear), two orange door sill stickers and a chevron sticker distinguish the Pop version. The Vibe finish is intended “More upscale, chic and graphic” and can be identified with its black roof racks and wheel arch sets.

🔋What is the range of the car?

The Ami has a 6 kW motor with a maximum speed of 45 km / h. You won’t need more, as the law imposes this limitation on unlicensed vehicles anyway. As the Ami is intended for city use, you will very rarely have access to roads limited to more than 50 km / h. On the other hand, you will enjoy the instant acceleration of an electric motor.

5.5 kWh battery promises a range of 70 km, quite sufficient for daily use, the French traveling on average 54 km per day. The Ami supports several charging modes: 220 V domestic socket (allow three hours for a full charge), public terminal and Wall Box.

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💰What is the price of the Friend?

Citroën has opted for an unprecedented distribution on the market. First, the different versions will be available for purchase. Here are the prices for each model excluding the 900 euros ecological quadricycle bonus:

  • At Miami : 6,900 euros
  • My Ami Gray, Khaki, Blue and Orange: 7,300 euros
  • Friend Pop: 7,800 euros
  • Friend Vibe : 8,260 euros

Citroën obviously offers long-term rental offers of two years and more. The Friend is then available from 19.90 euros per month after payment of a first rent of 3,541 euros. The manufacturer also offers an offer through its Free2Move electric car rental service. Users will be able to rent the Friend according to their needs. Count 0.26 euros per minute, 12 euros per hour or 40 euros per day. A one-month subscription at 9.90 euros is also available.

🧭 What release date?

You can order your car and choose its color and options on Citroën’s official website.

Configure your Citroën Ami on the official website

Citroën has joined forces with the Fnac-Darty group to present your vehicle in 39 stores in France. To afford a Friend, you will have to go through an online order. However, the Citroën Ami is also arriving at the brand’s dealers. By the end of the summer, the Friend will be offered in nearly 100 dealerships in France. For its part, the Free2Move fleet will land in July.

citroen ami design

The first models have been delivered since the end of July. Customers have two options: go to the nearest dealer or opt for home delivery when ordering (billed at 200 euros). Of “Exclusive partners (GEFCO in France)” take care of the key collection at your doorstep or your building. “The service also includes a 30-minute start-up so that the customer has peace of mind and that Ami’s operation is no longer a secret for him”, indicates Citroën in its press release.

What are the problems noticed by the first customers?

Unfortunately, the first Citroën AMI salvo to hit the market was riddled with manufacturing defects. Users have observed leaks, on the locks which can lead to blocking the doors, on the wiper motor which has a tendency to seize. Not to mention the problems of battery, range, charging, welding and braking. Rather than letting its customers cope with these setbacks and deal with problems on a case-by-case basis, Citroën has decided to raise the bar with an ambitious program.

The defects have been corrected at the factory, and the brand is organizing a gradual recall of all Citroën AMIs produced since May 2019 (with the exception of the last to leave the factory) to check all the parts that are likely to fall. down, as well as “modernize” them. Your Citroën AMI will be immobilized for three weeks, but a replacement vehicle or a more suitable solution will be offered to you during the repairs.

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