Citroen Ami EV noticed in KL – tiny ‘automobile’ has two entrance ends, 8 hp, 45 km/h high pace; what’s it doing right here?


Citroen Ami EV spotted in KL – tiny ‘car’ has two front ends, 8 hp, 45 km/h top speed; what’s it doing here?

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What on earth, you ask. This automobile – which appears prefer it has two entrance ends – is the Citroen Ami, a tiny metropolis EV that has an virtually symmetrical form and facial options which might be mirrored on the again. Which results in the legit query of which is the again? Search for the pink lights.

Little Ami was noticed by Shahril Khazali at Jalan Duta, ambling alongside in sluggish site visitors, the place it’s at house. That’s as a result of the 8 hp (6 kW) electrical motor of the Citroen provides it a high pace of solely 45 km/h. That’s proper – this ‘automobile’ can’t even breach 50! Juice is from a 5.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives 70 km vary. A full cost from a family 220V socket takes about three hours. You may also recharge with an EV wallbox, and it will be a quickie.

Should you’re questioning, the Ami is 2,400 mm lengthy and 1,390 mm extensive, making it smaller than the sensible fortwo, for many who bear in mind the OG sensible. It weighs simply 485 kg.

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Certainly this isn’t an actual automobile, you say. And also you’re proper. In Europe, the Ami is classed as a quadricycle, which implies that it may be pushed and not using a driving license within the EU by anybody aged 16 and above, or 14 in France. In its homeland, the Ami is bought conventionally (6,000 euros, which is equal to RM30,460) or accessible by way of long-term rental or car-sharing.

Discover the 2CV-style flip-up home windows? The Ami doesn’t have air conditioning, just like the Renault Twizy that was formally bought in Malaysia. No AC, coupled with the low high pace and vary, means this automobile can be unusable for a lot of.

I’d agree with that, however my very own driving sample, the 2km route from house to retailers for lunch and groceries doesn’t actually enable for speeds above 50 km/h. Sure it’s bizarre, however I incessantly drive with the home windows down and have all the time favored the concept of a Twizy.

Anyway, what’s this sluggish Ami doing in high-speed KL? Wanting on the VVIP quantity plate, it’s clearly not a Stellantis check mule and I wouldn’t be stunned if it’s a toy of the Johor royal household, which additionally has the lovable Honda e within the assortment. Need an EV with (virtually) the identical idea because the Ami however usable as a every day experience? I attempted such a machine and right here’s the report.

GALLERY: Citroen Ami

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