Citroen receives 1,130 reservation orders for all-electric UK Ami tiny car in two weeks
Citroen, a French automobile brand owned and operated by Stellantis, has announced that it has received more than 1,000 orders for its new Ami all-electric city car within a couple two weeks after announcing its availability for the UK market. The tiny Citroen Ami has been available in France for the last many months, but the manufacturer has now confirmed its availability for the British market as well.
Designed solely as a city car, the Citroen Ami has a top speed of 28 miles per hour (mph) and a maximum range of 46 miles on a single charge. Its 5.5-kWh battery pack takes just three hours to get fully replenished. Measuring just 2.4 meters in length and 1.4 meters in width, it can easily fit through the narrow gaps and into tight parking spaces. It also enjoys exemption from the London Congestion charge and the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charge. It is, thus, particularly an apt EV for crowded cities.
While the tiny EV will be adapted for the British market, all of its versions will remain left-hand drive. According to the manufacturer, it will allow the driver to exit at the kerbside while parking in a city centre.
Despite limited space and range, the tiny EV has been a hit with customers. Nearly 12,000 individuals had expressed their interest in the car before it was officially launched, and the number has since swelled to more than 14,500. Order books for the tiny electric car were opened on 27th of September. As of 4th of October, the manufacturer had received 1,130 reservations, with each potential buyer depositing a fully refundable amount of £250.
It is interesting to note here that the manufacturer hasn’t yet announced how much the all-electric Ami will cost in the UK. In France, the tiny EV is available with a starting price tag of €6,990. However, it is hard to make direct comparisons as taxes differ in the two countries. Pricing details are expected to be announced ahead of its arrival in the UK. As per available information, the first UK-bound Ami models will hit UK shores sometime in the spring of 2022.
In the fast-growing British EV market, the all-electric Citroen Ami will compete with the likes of the Fiat 500e, Thunder Power Chloe EV, the Seat Mii Electric, Skoda Citigo-e iV, and the space saving Microlino.