By far the most popular new car we’ve had on Car Throttle’s YouTube channel this year technically isn’t a car at all. Both IRL and online, people seem to adore the Citroen Ami, and that extends to folks willing to put their money where their mouth is. Citroen says it’s had a whopping 12,000 expressions of interest in the quadricycle from UK-based punters, and the French manufacturer is now recognising that huge demand.
The Ami will be launched in Britain in Spring 2022, and from today, those 12k Ami-philes can put down a refundable £250 reservation fee to secure a slot. For everyone else, the process opens on 27 September.
Citroen won’t be building a right-hand drive one for the UK market, but the Ami is so small, driving from the left-hand seat shouldn’t be much of an issue.
In some European countries, unlicensed drivers as young as 14 can get behind the wheel, but that won’t be the case here. Despite not being classed as a car, you’ll still need a proper driving license for the Ami.
UK cars are expected to come with a Type 2 charging adaptor plus a three-pin plug to use in a domestic socket. Otherwise, Amis sold here will be as-per their counterparts across the channel.
As a reminder, that means a 5.5kWh battery and an 8bhp electric motor giving a range of up to 46 miles. Once that little pack of cells is empty, the Ami takes around three hours to charge. Designed for busy cities, the Ami has a top speed of just 28mph.
Citroen is said to be trying to keep the UK price roughly in line with what’s charged elsewhere in Europe, which would make the Ami about £6000. A cheap way into a brand new four-wheeled vehicle, but only £3000 away from Britain’s cheapest actual car, the Dacia Sandero. It might not be as cute, but it does quite a bit more than 28mph.