I don’t know how big the car will be in the future. However, there is a tendency for some urban car directions to shrink, as shown by the Toyota C + Pod or Renault Twizy. Even recently, Citroen launched a small EV called My Ami Cargo. Instead of transporting passengers, it is intended as a commercial car.
Indeed, at this time most of the old nameplates continued to gain weight with each passing generation. However, it was also found in various mini products such as Citroen My Ami Cargo – sounds like “Miami Cargo”. Well, mini perceptions may vary from country to country. However, we can be sure that everyone will admit that My Ami Cargo is really small. It is only 2.41 meters long with 1.39 meters wide and 1.52 meters high. Coupled with a 7.2-meter turning radius, it is considered ideal for maneuvering, especially in dense urban areas.
As the name suggests, Citroen My Ami Cargo is designed as a freight forwarder. It looks appropriate when used as a light package delivery vehicle for short distances. The total carrying capacity is said to be up to 140 kg and has a maximum storage volume of 260 liters. Not only that, the use of other compartments in the cabin is said to provide a total volume of up to 140 kg.
Having a shell on four wheels is clearly synonymous with a car. However, basically, Ami is not a complete car. Tends to be categorized as a Quadricycle because it has an empty weight without a battery of less than 425 kg. Even if the battery is charged, the total weight is still less than half a ton. Still less than 485 kg.
My Ami Cargo’s cute petite appearance is nothing new. It is the commercial version of the Citroen Ami which is a passenger version model. First to meet 2020 as a direct descendant of the AMI ONE Concept. Born to provide mobility solutions for all. He himself is a strong illustration of how this French brand is known as a manufacturer of unique stylish vehicles.
But it’s not just a design, the conceptual basis is no less eccentric. “Mobility for all” is taken almost literally. It is said that everyone can access this vehicle because they don’t need a Driver License. Don’t be surprised if a 14-year-old is hanging around with Ami in France. Apart from that, the concept is flexible. It can adjust the needs of each individual, be it sharing, renting, or even buying. Finally, Ami makes four-wheeled mobility affordable through short and long-term rentals.
The impetus for running My Ami Cargo is similar to a passenger carrier model. Rely on an electric motor as small as 8 hp. It’s not as strong as the utilitarian but eccentric icon, the Citroen 2CV. The power source comes from a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery which if recharged for three hours, is only enough to take the Ami for 75 km away. That distance seems still enough to meet the needs of commuting in the city for one day.
The main difference from the standard Ami is the loss of the passenger seat. That section is intended for cargo space making My Ami Cargo a single-seater, and certainly not like a Formula racing car. The existence of the passenger seat was replaced by a seven-part module made of polypropylene plastic. Practicality is also supported by modular racks and vertical partitions between the driver and the cargo area.
Affordable enough to harmonize the concept of mobility for all. My Ami Cargo is priced starting at 6,490 Euros after incentives in France or around $ 7.893. It will also be brought to the US by Stellantis, not only for sale but as a car-sharing and rental service for Free2Move.