The Citroen Ami -- a tiny, practical and affordable mode of transportation for large metropolitan areas – has a major flaw in Italy. Unless you buy a Type 2 or Type 3A cable connector from a third party (Citroen does not offer it, even as an option), the vehicle can only be charged using a 220-volt plug typically found in a home.
That made it impossible for me, a resident of Milan, to recharge the car, whose name means “friend” in French. The Ami would not be a friend to many other city dwellers like me in a country where the majority of public charging points offer Type 2 outlets.
What is strange is that the Ami’s main rival, the Renault Twizy, offers a 3A cable as standard, with a 220-volt connector as an option. That makes it possible to re-energize the Twizy at a public charge point with a 3A plug or at home.
In Italy it is illegal to use an adapter or a separate cable to convert a public charging point plug to a different specification to fit your car. Your car’s plug has to match what is offered by the charging station.