There are board hints from Stellantis that the French brand name Citroën will shortly make a comeback in North America, although that comeback will be limited… to Washington D.C.! It appears the Citroën Ami electric city vehicle is destined to be utilised there by the Stellantis-owned Free2Move vehicle-sharing service.
Messages posted on Free2Move USA’s Twitter and LinkedIn web pages this 7 days propose which is what’s heading to transpire. The information header asserting “Something huge is coming to Washington DC…” was accompanied by a extremely patriotic photograph displaying the silhouette of an Ami in front of the American flag. The photograph was superimposed with the words, “New! From France with enjoy”.
We can securely suppose from this that the Ami will shortly be element of the Free2Move fleet in the American cash. This subsidiary of Stellantis (the organization shaped this year by the merger of Fiat-Chrysler Vehicles and PSA Group) has been existing in Washington considering the fact that October 2018. At the time of its start, Free2Move supplied 600 cars accessible 24 hrs a day there, parked on the streets of the 8 District of Columbia boroughs.
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Free2Move is the mobility expert services brand name developed by the PSA Group in September 2016. The subsidiary features vehicle-sharing and connectivity expert services, as very well as fleet administration expert services and money expert services connected to vehicle buys.
Free2Move is also presently existing in 7 European international locations (France, Spain, Italy, England, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands).
Citroën (yet another Stellantis subsidiary) candidly describes the Ami as a non-conformist item! Launched in 2020, this tiny two-seater sedan with symmetrical styles is barely two.four metres long. That is noticeably shorter than a Fiat 500, which is 3.six metres. Its electric motor is driven by a 5.5 kWh battery that provides it a greatest variety of seventy five km.
The Ami’s leading speed is confined to forty five km/h – not mainly because of the little battery, but rather mainly because the Ami is intended to be utilised as a vehicle needing no driver’s permit. In France, a vehicle of this form can be pushed from the age of 14 on affliction that the driver has acquired a highway security certification, a compulsory teaching for people today born immediately after 1987.
Citroën features the Ami from €6,990 (about $10,300). It is also out there for long-expression rental and, considering the fact that March 2020, for vehicle-sharing in the better Paris place.