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Now even a 14-year-old can drive an electric car without a license. This electric car can be driven by anyone without a license.
Citroën has launched the Ami, an electric car that will be available as a subscription service for city residents aged 14 and up, as it does not require a driver’s license.
Described by the French automaker as a “nonconformist object”, the Ami car is classified as an all-electric quadricycle and can therefore be used without a driver’s license.
This means that people aged up to 14 in France and 16 in other European countries will be able to drive the car as long as they have passed a road safety certificate – a short course offered in some European countries, which does not require testing.
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The car is the realization of Citroën’s Ami One concept, which debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Ami is promoted as an urban mobility solution that offers a safer alternative to scooters, bicycles, mopeds and public transport. The car is capable of speeds of up to 28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour).
“If you look at society beyond the auto industry, there is an emerging environmental awareness, but that doesn’t mean mobility should be restricted,” said Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën.
“Ami is the answer to society’s problem, which is individual, clean and urban mobility,” he added. “It’s a very compact mobility solution that you can use from the age of 14, zero emissions, no driver’s license, extremely affordable and very pleasant to drive. »
The car has a compact size – measuring 2.4 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and 1.5 meters high – which lends itself to short-distance urban travel and easy parking.
The car has a range of up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) on a single charge. It works with a battery that can be recharged in three hours from a standard electrical outlet, “like a smartphone”.
This 5.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is installed on the flat floor and can be charged from a built-in electrical cable through the passenger side door.
“Disruptive designs are always the best designs,” explains Pierre Leclercq, Citroën’s style manager. “Ami’s design is product design, not car design. Design where form must define function.
“The common denominator of all future users will not be gender, age, socio-professional category, place of residence or even less the level of education, but the need for mobility”, added Michel Costa, responsible for marketing studies.
When launched in Europe, the production car will come with three usage options: it can be rented from €19.99 per month or rented on the go via the Free2Move platform from €0.26 per minute.
Alternatively, it can be purchased for private use at a starting price of €6,000. Opening of orders for Ami in France on March 30, 2020. It will then roll out to other European countries.
According to Leclercq, the Ami vehicle was designed “from the inside out”, favoring a spacious cabin that can accommodate two people, with a dedicated space on the dashboard for a smartphone to provide navigation and music.
It has two symmetrical doors that open in opposite directions from each other – the driver’s side door is hinged at the rear to provide better accessibility on board.
Large expanses of glass and a panoramic roof also fill the interior with natural light, with glazing representing 50% of the car’s total area above the bodyline.
The vehicle can also be customized with six different color accessory kits that include functional decorative elements ranging from floor mats and storage trays to bag hooks and smartphone clips.
While the Ami One concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the Ami production car was showcased at Citroën’s La Défense Arena autonomous event in Paris this year.