PARIS — Citroen will launch the Ami full-electric microcar in the UK next year, joining the model's existing markets of France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
The two-seat Ami can be leased for as little as 19.95 euros a month in France, with a sales price starting at 6,990 euros ($8,201).
Since sales began in the summer of 2020, Citroen says it has received 9,000 orders for the vehicle, including 6,500 in France and 2,000 in Italy.
More than 12,000 UK customers have registered their interest in the Ami, Citroen said.
Citroen's UK boss, Eurig Druce, said the Ami would help to meet a growing need for new mobility solutions in cities and urban areas that are introducing stricter limits for vehicles.
Citroen said the Ami would remain a left-hand-drive vehicle in the UK. The brand said it would announce UK pricing for the microcar in the near future.
There is also an Opel-branded version of the Ami called the Rocks-e. Sales of this version will start this autumn in Germany.
The Ami and Rocks-e are classed as quadricycles by the EU because of their small size and low speed. They can be driven from the age of 14 in some European countries, although in the UK drivers will need a full driver's license.
The Ami has a range of about 75 km (46 miles).
Currently the majority of Ami customers are in rural areas or small towns where public transit is scarce, Citroen said in a news release announcing the start of UK sales.
The Stellantis-owned brand has started selling a commercial version, the My Ami Cargo, which has a usable volume of 400 liters and a modular storage area on the passenger side that can hold 140 kg.
The Ami is built in Stellantis’ factory in Kenitra, Morocco. It is derived from the Ami One concept vehicle that debuted at the Geneva auto show in 2019.
Citroen has kept costs low by using symmetrical front and rear modules, as well as using some components from existing Stellantis brands.