The All-Electric Citroën Ami Quadricycle: The Complete Guide For India

The All-Electric Citroën Ami Quadricycle India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Quadricycle
Battery size: 5.5 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 75 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Citroën AmiQuadricycle

Citroen is a leading French automobile manufacturer, now owned by Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French).

Stellantis owns a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of leading automotive brands, to include, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Citroen electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models: 

The Citroen Ami battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is an ‘ultra-compact’ EV targeted at city drivers of all ages (in France it is legal from age 14). The pure electric quadricycle comes in two variants, a passenger (Ami) and cargo vehicle (My Ami Cargo). The pure electric car was launched in 2020 and its development has been inspired by the Citroën 2CV and Ami ONE Concept.

The ultra-compact EV has won a number of awards to include the GQ Awards 2021, ‘Technology Award’ in the Auto Express New Car Awards 2021 and WhichEV Awards 2021. Though the city electric car has its limitations in terms of electric range, interior space and top speed, we do believe it has much to offer for the urban driver.

For a start, the average trip in a city is usually short and the Ami electric, with a claimed range up to 75 km, can easily meet the requirements for a number of shorter day-to-day journeys within a city.

Moreover, driving on e-mode is much cheaper than using an internal combustion engine. The EV can be fully charged in 3 hours. Lastly, zero-tailpipe emission electric cars help improve the local air quality in cities and towns, already at dangerous levels of air pollution.

Moreover, given its compact dimensions (length: 2.41 m), the EV can reduce traffic and parking congestion in cities across India. The EV is easy to drive and park in urban centres (turning circle: 7.2 m). Despite the compact dimensions, the ride height for the EV is the same height as other drivers on the road.

Replacing larger (mostly polluting) vehicles from our city roads with smaller zero-tailpipe emission electric vehicles is certainly the future we all deserve! The Renault Twizy, is another ultra-compact EV perfect for urban driving.

The single-speed automatic transmission EV has a top speed of 45 km/h. The exterior styling of the EV is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. The EV is available in three colour packs: Orange, Blue and Grey. The colour packs are delivered with the electric vehicle, to be fitted by the buyer. Apart from the entry-level variant, the electric car is also available in two special editions, the Ami Pop and the Ami Vibe.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The compact Citroën electric car is not available in India.

Compact and easy to drive/ park in congested urban environments (turning circle: 7.2 m)Small EV battery with limited EV range
Despite the ultra-compact size, spacious from insideLimited boot space (63 L) and no infotainment system
Good visibility from EVCan only seat two passengers


The All-Electric Citroen Ami Quadricycle (credit: Citroen)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Quadricycle
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
Citroen AMI (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 5.5 kWh
Charging:Up to 3 hours (three-pin domestic plug)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:N/A

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1500
Width (mm):1500
Length (mm):2410
Wheelbase (mm):N/A
Turning Circle (m):7.2
Boot Space (L):63 (cargo variant: 260 L)

AMI Passenger
EV Battery Capacity:5.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):75 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:Up to 3 hours (three-pin domestic plug)
Top Speed:45 km/h
0-45 km/h:10 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):6
Horsepower (hp):8
Torque (Nm):625
Kerb Weight (kg):471
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Cheap Electric Cars Available In India

Ask any expert on electric vehicles (EVs) the key success factors for the rapid adoption of electric driving. Affordability, range and EV charging infrastructure are always identified as key to the successful uptake of EVs, with affordability taking centre stage in the narrative. This holds true for all countries, to include India.

In fact, it can be argued, that for a country like India, with a GDP per capita of less that US$ 2,000, the need for affordable electric cars is even more pronounced. It is true, in that, driving an electric car per mile, is significantly cheaper than driving an internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol or diesel vehicle. However, apart from running and maintenance costs, the purchase cost is also a key determinant in the decision making of a buyer.

Tata Nexon EV
The All-Electric Tata Nexon SUV (credit: Tata Motors)

Though India has witnessed an increase in activity in the introduction of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the price tag for the majority of pure electric cars (also known as BEVs), is beyond the reach of most families and businesses in India. As an example, the phenomenally fast (and good looking) Audi RS e-tron GT BEV is priced at Rs 2.05 crores. It is simply only ‘affordable’ for a very small percentage of the consumer base in India.

For the adoption of electric driving to gather momentum in India, the introduction and availability of cheaper electric cars is vital! The availability of EVs priced below Rs 20 lakhs will be instrumental in encouraging buyers to migrate to electric driving.

Despite the lack of affordable electric cars in India, there is a glimmer of hope, in that, there are a few affordable pure electric cars currently available in India. We would encourage local and global automotive manufacturers to develop and introduce electric vehicles better suited for the family budget in India. Moreover, the support of government subsidies and grants will also be important in the uptake of EVs in India.

EV Type Of EV Price
Hyundai Kona ElectricBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 23.79 Lakhs
MG ZS EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 21.49 Lakhs
Tata Tigor EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 11.99 Lakhs
Tata Nexon Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 14.24 Lakhs

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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