I DON’T learn about you however I wouldn’t belief a 14-year-old to make beans on toast and not using a go to from the native hearth station.
So the concept of letting Cedric and a mate nip about in a Citroen Ami fills me with dread.
Citroen are billing the Ami as a helpful get-around for 14-year-olds and upwards in France
Citroen are billing the all-electric Ami as a helpful get-around for 14-year-olds upwards in France.
The purpose is reasonable “city mobility for all”, which is all effectively and good.
However everyone knows most youngsters will head straight to McDonald’s on the bypass for a milkshake.
In fact they may.
And all it takes is one trucker to sneeze and Ami’s two occupants can be highway meat.
The Ami is a superb factor for the town however feels dangerous on a dual-carriageway
I risked it on a dual-carriageway to take these photos — high velocity 28mph — and I’m in no hurry to play human dodgeball once more.
That mentioned, within the metropolis, with a wise head on, Ami is a superb little factor.
It’s cute and quirky and, better of all, low value.
Citroen has but to resolve on promoting it right here — it in all probability will — however in France it prices £6,296.
Or you may rent one like a Boris bike.
Citroen has but to resolve on promoting it right here however in France it prices £6,296
Now let’s be 100 per cent clear on the authorized driving age.
In France, Ami is deemed to be a quadricycle, not a automobile, which implies it may be pushed by 14-year-olds.
In different European nations, the minimal age is 16 — however within the UK, it’s 17 with a full driving licence.
The CBT take a look at (Obligatory Primary Coaching) for 16-year-olds to journey a moped and drive a light-weight quadricycle isn’t legitimate as a result of Ami is just too heavy at 485kg.
Which implies you’d be higher off in a correct automobile.
In France, Ami is deemed to be a quadricycle, not a automobile, which implies it may be pushed by 14-year-olds
As a result of ought to the worst occur, and also you do get swatted by a lorry or a bus, you might be much less prone to be jam.
However I’ll say Ami is a really intelligent thought, not least as a result of it’s made utilizing the fewest elements doable, virtually a 3rd lower than a automobile.
The doorways are equivalent — one hinges frontward and one rearward.
The entrance and rear bumpers are the identical. As are the underbody panels.
Suspension? That’s your backbone.
The Ami is a really intelligent thought as a result of it’s made utilizing the fewest elements doable — virtually a 3rd lower than a automobileCredit score: Matt Howell 2020 www.matthowell.co.uk
The inside is a sea of moulded plastic.
Your telephone is your satnav and stereo.
The cut up aspect home windows are a nod to the 2CV.
Simply press D and go. It’s like driving a sq. dodgem with a roof and a windscreen wiper.
Ami is simply 2.4 metres lengthy, 1.4m extensive, 1.5m excessive and may do 40-odd miles continuous.
It recharges in three hours from an ordinary plug socket.
Easy and straightforward, then, and also you gained’t catch Covid from a stranger on the bus.
One last thought.
Possibly I’m fallacious however I can’t see many youngsters selecting Ami over a moped.
Sure, Ami will preserve you dry — however a moped has extra pulling energy, within the boy meets lady sense of the phrase.
Key details: Citroen Ami
High velocity: 28mph
Vary: 43 miles
Charging: 3 hours
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