like a Citroën Ami (or almost), but with an interchangeable battery

The Italian-Chinese company Xev formalizes its new Yoyo, an unlicensed electric city car, rival of the Citroën Ami and Renault Twizy. Equipped with interchangeable batteries, it will be presented to the French public at the next Paris Motor Show in October.

Until then, the Citroën Ami didn’t really have a competitor, apart from the Renault Twizy, which was older and offered slightly more basic services. But now the two electric city dwellers must have something to worry about, as a newcomer is about to hit the market a few months after the Microlino.

Amazing interchangeable batteries

Called Xev Yoyo, it belongs to the category of heavy quads, like the Renault Twizy 80 and different from the Citroën Ami, which is a light quad. Concretely, this means thatcan be driven with a B1 license from the age of 16. This is also accompanied by some technical specifics, as its weight is limited to 450 kilos without the batteries, as they are interchangeable.

Of course, we are far from the advanced system developed by Nio and already implemented in Europe. In this Yoyo, it is up to the driver to remove the three modules, housed in a drawer installed in the rear bumper. With a total capacity of 10.3 kWh, this LFP (Lithium-iron-phosphate) battery can be recharged in four hours, as explained on the brand’s website.

It is then possible to replace the empty modules with already filled ones, which are waiting for a specific loader. to notice that currently, only professionals can take advantage of this feature in Francewhile some service stations are already compatible with this system in Italy.

If this Yoyo can be compared to the Citroën Ami, it still displays a superior power, 7.5 kW or about 9.5 horsepower, against only eight of its rival. However, it is possible to reach 20 horses during peak power. The small quadricycle, designed in Italy, can reach a maximum speed of 80 km/h, against only 45 for the Ami and can travel up to 150 kilometers on a single charge according to the UDDS cycle, intended for light and differentiated vehicles. slightly WLTP.

complete equipment

Unlike the Renault Twizy, this Xev Yoyo has really solid doors. But this is not its only asset, as it offers an interesting endowment, worthy of a real small city car. It is specially equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen in its basic version, which can reach 10 inches in its Premium finish. We also find air conditioning, heating, electric windows and mirrors, as well as a panoramic roof and keyless opening. The interior is still pretty bare, but it feels more qualitative than that of a Citroën Ami.

But as you can imagine, this little car is obviously more expensive than its rivals, as it costs 15,890 euros to give you a copy of the Xev Yoyo, eligible for the ecological bonus like its competitors, limited to 900 euros. By way of comparison, the Ami costs €7,790 (excluding bonuses), while the Renault Zoé costs €11,600, excluding €900 bonuses. Today, the brand already has about twenty dealers in France. The city car can now be rented through the Shaary car-sharing service and will take its first steps in front of the public. on the occasion of the Mondial de Paris, which will open its doors from the 18th to the 23rd of October.

Heavy quad: what’s the difference with a light quad?

But then how does a light quad like the Ami differ from a heavy quad like the Renault Twizy 80 and Xev Yoyo? To enter the first category (L6a), a vehicle must not exceed a speed of 45 km/h and a power of 4 kW. The empty weight cannot exceed 350 kilograms for a payload limited to 200 kilograms. These cars can be driven without a license from the age of 14.

ONE heavy quadricycle (L7e) is a vehicle whose power does not exceed 15 kW with a speed limited to 90 km/h.

The classification of certain models then depends on the version chosen. In France, the Renault Twizy 45, limited to 45 km/h, is considered a light motorized quadricycle accessible from the age of 14 and without a license for holders of a road safety certificate (BSR). The Twizy 80, in turn, more powerful and with a speed of up to 80 km/h, belongs to the category of heavy quadricycles and requires a classic B license or a B1 license accessible from the age of 16. This is also the case for Xev Yoyo.

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