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A Car for 14 year-olds --> the Citroën Ami --> European Two-Seater Electric City Car

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A Car for 14 year-olds --> the Citroën Ami --> European Two-Seater Electric City Car

The new Ami is launching in Europe this Spring, and you can't say Citroën isn't trying some new approaches to a city car:

  • The Ami can be driven by 14 year olds in France - - due to its size (it's classified as a quadricycle) it doesn't require a driver's license
  • Plugs into a standard European household outlet and recharges in 3 hours
  • €6000 (CAD$8865) to buy or €20/month (CAD$29.55) on a 2 year term rental with €2,644 (CAD$3900) initial payment
  • Buy it online and Citroën delivers it to your door
  • €0.26/minute (CAD$0.38) to rent on car-sharing service
  • 70 km range / top speed 45 kph
  • 8 HP motor / 5.5 kWh lithium ion battery under floor / 485 kilograms / 240 cm length

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The first thing I do the next time I'm in Paris is rent a Citroën Ami on the car-sharing app Free2Move!
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for US$6,500

Available in France coming March 2020.

Size 8ft long and 4.5ft wide
Seat 2
Top speed 26mph
Range 47 miles
Two doors open in opposite directions allowing access to the cabin
Citroen claim the car can be charged in three hours from an ordinary plug

Source: Daily News

More convenient for grocery, mall shopping.
Hopefully, it comes to North America.
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This would actually cover about 99% of the types of car trips I have made for the last few years.

Want 911S for the other 1%.
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adams7 wrote: This would actually cover about 99% of the types of car trips I have made for the last few years.

Want 911S for the other 1%.
It's just an enclosed golf cart. Do you not go over 40kph?
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Used to see mostly older women in rural France riding bicycles to get their groceries. Seemed to have largely disappeared even 7-8 years ago but that may have been due to being there in the cold season (November to March). I imagine this is a suitable alternative to a more-expensive(?) oil-powered car given most don't travel very far. It'd probably work for me as I go about 30-35 Km to get groceries but large pickup trucks on the road, slower than maximum legal speed (even 50 Km/h), and the final (steep) hill makes it a bit dodgy.

FWIW, no DL required and you only need be 14 years or over in age. Looks like it is available on a rental/share plan by the minute, hour, day, month and year too.
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Here's the launch commercial for the Ami:



(No, that is not a standard size USB charging port on its door. ;) )
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Its too fast, central London just enacted 36kph (20mph) speed limit in city core.
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I love it! Next time I’m in France, ill rent one just for kicks.
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What happens when this hits a car? No license if under 14, no insurance since its a "quadicycle".. Is the driver of the Ami if at fault SOL?
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Akizuki wrote: What happens when this hits a car? No license if under 14, no insurance since its a "quadicycle".. Is the driver of the Ami if at fault SOL?
Both pricing structure can easily accommodate PLPD insurance.

The monthly "rental" require you to pay for 1/2 the car's cost up front.

The per minute rental is very similar to Car2Go but the cost of car is almost 1/2 of Smarts.
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Akizuki wrote: What happens when this hits a car? No license if under 14, no insurance since its a "quadicycle".. Is the driver of the Ami if at fault SOL?
Licence-free cars, as terrestrial motor vehicles, are subject to the mandatory motor vehicle liability insurance (Articles L. 211-1 and L. 211-2 of the Code des assurances (French Insurance Regulations))
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Two threads started for a vehicle not available in North America?
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imoo2u wrote: Top speed 26mph
Hopefully, it comes to North America.
Hopefully it does not. 40 km/h max? Please gov't do not make our commutes even longer. Stop this car from being sold here.
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Nice, the whole vehicle is the crumple zone. :D
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mucat wrote: Nice, the whole vehicle is the crumple zone. :D
As an electric city car - - the Ami is competing more against the scooter market, than for people looking to buy SUVs.

When driving in European inner cities, bigger isn't better.

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Aren't their already E-bikes? Why bother making this?

I have a "for fun" e-bike that goes 60Kph and up to 60Km range. Use it for short commutes but I don't need license or insurance.

This would only be good in summer, in winter the battery would die quickly on these little things.
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goodking wrote: As an electric city car - - the Ami is competing more against the scooter market, than for people looking to buy SUVs.

When driving in European inner cities, bigger isn't better.

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I rented an Renault mini SUV (name escaped me but size of GLA or HRV) and it was too huge if you hit any of the old portion of the cities.

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