Conceived to be the future of electric mobility for the masses, this cutesy thing is smaller than a Perodua Axia and weighs under 500 kg.
It’s powered by a 8 hp electric motor, it’s capable of a 45 km/h top speed. With a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, a full charge takes three hours, offering up to 70 km of driving range.
Interestingly, when it comes to the matter of charging, unlike most electric cars or PHEVs, the AMI is more like a vacuum cleaner with the cable attached to the car – simply pull it out and plug it into a wall socket.
While it may not be the prettiest EV out there, there’s something about the AMI’s mixed of boxiness and round edges that’s undeniably attractive – like that derpy-faced pet dog of yours. It’s neither cute or good looking, but you just love it to bits. Large glass panels make up more than 50% of its total surface, allowing the cabin to utilise natural light.
As you can tell from the pictures, the AMI revolves around the idea of a no-frills, A to B mode of transportation, with a clean, funky yet minimalistic interior that’s void of fluff and pointless glitter. You get air-conditioning but really, that’s it. Should audio entertainment or navigation be required, your smartphone is all you have.
As it classified as a quadricycle, like the Renault Twizzy, the AMI does not require a driving license – allowing it to be driven by those 16 years and above. In France, you’ll only need to be 14 years old.
Those fond of the AMI can either buy it, rent it long term, or use it via a car-sharing service.
It’ll cost you around 6,000 euros (approx. RM27k) to own, approximately RM93 a month to rent it on a 48-month contract or approximately RM1.21 per minute for a shorter term deal.