Citroen has confirmed the price of its tiny Ami electric vehicle for UK customers – and it will cost more than expected

Citroen has confirmed the price of its tiny Ami electric vehicle for UK customers – and it will cost more than expected.

In France, the basic Ami costs from €7,390, which – based on current exchange rates – would suggest prices start from around £6,300 here.

However, Britons will need to pay more than that and won’t even get the steering wheel on the desired side of the car.

Citroen has revealed the left-hand-drive two-seat model will cost from £7,695 when first deliveries arrive this summer – and the single-seat ‘Cargo’ van version is £7,995.

Citroen's super-small urban car: The Ami will be available in the UK from £7,695 this summer - which is more expensive than we originally thought it would be...

Citroen’s super-small urban car: The Ami will be available in the UK from £7,695 this summer – which is more expensive than we originally thought it would be…

In theory, the Ami will become Britain’s cheapest car.But there is a catch; it’s not technically a car.

The 2.4-metre-long EV qualifies as a ‘light quadricycle’.

While this means it won’t feature the full complement of mandatory safety equipment needed for cars entering the market today, drivers as young as 16 can legally drive one on the road as long as they have an AM motorcycle licence for a 50cc moped.

The cheapest version is the standard Ami trim level, which comes with a digital speedometer, LED lights front and back, дизайн интерьера обучение онлайн a panoramic sunroof and a USB charging point.

Its £7,695 price tag is around £4,000 less than Britain’s cheapest new car – the 1.0-litre petrol Kia Picanto, which starts at £11,810.

However, there are significant differences between the two vehicles.

While the Picanto can seat up to five people [at a push] with the addition of 255 litres of luggage space, has a top speed of 100mph and can travel for around 430 miles on a full tank of fuel, the Ami has just two seats, no boot, a flat-out speed of 28mph and a maximum driving range between charges of just 46 miles.

That said, the Citroen will cost a lot less to refuel. 

In France, the Ami starts from €7,390, which would suggest prices start from around £6,300 here. However, Britons will need to pay quite a lot more than that if they want one

In France, the Ami starts from €7,390, which would suggest prices start from around £6,300 here.However, Britons will need to pay quite a lot more than that if they want one

The 2.4-metre-long electric vehicle isn't actually a car - instead it qualifies as a 'light quadricycle'

The 2.4-metre-long electric vehicle isn’t actually a car – instead it qualifies as a ‘light quadricycle’

Its quadricycle status means it won't feature the mandatory safety equipment needed in new cars that hit the market today

Its quadricycle status means it won’t feature the mandatory safety equipment needed in new cars that hit the market today

The examples sold in the UK will be from the same production run as the European-spec vehicles, meaning the steering wheel on the left-hand-side.

With the Ami’s compact 1.4-metre width, this won’t make too much of a difference in such a pocket-sized car.  

It will come with plenty of customisation options at launch this summer. 

For an extra £400, buyers can add a choice of three sticker packs, which are designed to be fitted at home. 

Six official graphic sets will be available in the UK: Jungle; Tutti Frutti; British Globetrotter; Camo; Tribe; and Trendy. 

Being a light quadricycle, drivers as young as 16 can legally drive one on the road in Britain as long as they have an AM motorcycle licence for a 50cc moped

Being a light quadricycle, drivers as young as 16 can legally drive one on the road in Britain as long as they have an AM motorcycle licence for a 50cc moped

The examples sold in the UK will be from the same production run as the European-spec vehicles, meaning the steering wheel on the left-hand-side

The examples sold in the UK will be from the same production run as the European-spec vehicles, meaning the steering wheel on the left-hand-side

With the Ami's compact 1.4-metre width, having the wheel on the left shouldn't make too much of a difference in such a pocket-sized car

With the Ami’s compact 1.4-metre width, having the wheel on the left shouldn’t make too much of a difference in such a pocket-sized car

There are also two additional trim levels, with the Ami Pop and Ami Vibe specifications starting from £8,495 and £8,895 respectively with colour combos designated by Citroen.

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