The Citroen Ami -- a low-speed, low-range, low-cost full-electric vehicle – has entered the market at an opportune time.
As people look for alternatives to public transportation to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, the French-designed, Morocco-built quadricycle is an alternative to a motorcycle or scooter, but it definitely is not a car.
The closest vehicle dimensionally to the Ami, which is 2410 mm long, 1390 mm wide and 1530 mm tall, is the original Smart ForTwo (2690 mm long, 1560 mm wide and 1540 mm tall).
But that is where the similarities end.
The original ForTwo and its successors are proper cars with airbags, ABS and the requirement to undergo crash tests.
The Ami and its rival, the Renault Twizy, do not have to meet those requirements. In addition, the Ami has a top speed of 45 kph, a range of about 70 km, and a maximum weight of 450 kg without its batteries.
As a result, it is possible to get 3.5 Amis in Italy, where they start at 7,200 euros, for the price of on full-electric Smart ForTwo, which starts at 25,000 euros here.