What if we told you that the cutest car you’ll see today is also the most affordable? What’s more, it’s not even a car. The Citroën Ami EV is a micro electric vehicle that can be driven by 14-year-old teeny boppers without a full driver’s license – at least in France.
It’s a little two-seater that’s just about 8 feet long and can’t even go 30 miles per hour. But that hasn’t stopped the French automaker from converting the tiny EV into a freight hauler for city dwellers, the My Ami Cargo.
Nonetheless, the Ami is a genius city car with a conscience that is dirt-cheap. Citroën has now unveiled a microvan version of the Ami, making it even more appealing.
The Citroën Ami Cargo has all of the features of a standard Ami, but it is designed specifically for small or micro-businesses. “Inspired by the version designed for individuals, My Ami Cargo retains the idea that guided the design of Ami,” said Richard Meyer, Stellantis Commercial Vehicles Strategy and New Mobilities manager.
With such limited space, the only way to gain more was to remove the passenger seat, leaving only the driver’s seat. There is now a plastic bin in the room where there used to be a seat that allows cargo to be stowed up to around where the driver’s armrest will be.
The Citroën Ami Cargo is compact on the outside but large on the inside, with a vertical partition and modular shelves for cargo crates, plants, small kennels, and everything else you might think of. The modular rack can accommodate up to 40 kilos and has a flat top that can be used as a mobile desk.
“This is why we created an innovative interior space, allowing us to make an offer that’s unique on the market while retaining the simplicity and clever design of the Ami,” added Meyer.
Furthermore, Citroën’s electric microvan has a flat floor with two height settings, enabling you to transport taller items up to 1.2 meters. Overall, the Citroën Ami Cargo has a cargo capacity of 400 liters or 140 kilos (308 pounds). It also has a closed storage box in the back to keep valuables such as smartphones, tablets, small laptops, and parking tickets secure.
There is a plastic cover at this height that can be used as a shelf or a desk as well as hide objects. Citroën built it so that paper documents or electronic tablets could be stored inside. The shelf is also double-hinged, allowing the driver to reach down and catch something, or it can be flipped up for access from the previous passenger door. To make room for taller objects, the cover can be completely removed and stowed behind the driver’s seat.
Aside from that, the cargo variant is a standard Ami without the passenger seat. It’s still just 2.4 meters long and 1.4 meters wide, making it ideal for tight parking spaces. It has a single electric motor and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 5.5 kWh. It only has eight horsepower, so how many horses does a tiny van require?
It turns out that not much is needed. Expect a 30 mph (45 km/h) top speed from the 6 kW electric motor, but don’t expect to be swept away like in a Tesla Model Y. On a good day, the tiny battery will cover 47 miles. When the battery runs out of power, it can be recharged in just three hours by plugging it into a standard 220V household outlet.
Additionally, the Citroën Ami Cargo can be customized to suit any need. The best part is the price: you can buy the Ami Cargo in France for as little as €6,490 ($7,800) with a €900 ($1,081) deductible, or you can rent it for under €25 ($30) per month as part of a long-term lease agreement.