A typical light commercial vehicle is a diesel-powered vehicle such as the Volkswagen Caddy, Renault Kangoo, or Peugeot Partner. But the massive electrification course taken by car manufacturers will undoubtedly lead to the fact that in the foreseeable future, not only cars but also trucks will switch to electric motors. Among those betting on electricity is the French brand Citroen, which launched its first electric cargo vehicle.
Citroen My Ami Cargo is a commercial version of the budget electric car Citroen My Ami announced in February 2020. True, it will not work to call it a real truck, even a low-tonnage one. Technically, this is not a full-fledged car but an electric ATV weighing no more than 425 kg, not counting the battery. Like the regular Citroen My Ami, the “cargo” version of the electric car has a 6 kW or 8 horsepower electric motor powered by a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The maximum speed that this kid can develop does not exceed 45 km / h. It can travel up to 75 kilometers on a single charge, and it takes only three hours to charge the battery from a regular outlet fully.
Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Citroen My Ami Cargo is ideal for maneuvering in the city. It is only 2.41 meters long, 1.39 meters wide, and 1.52 meters high. The car was designed for the transportation of small loads and is focused on the “last mile” – this is how logistics call the last stage of delivery of goods, from the courier to the buyer. Its maximum load capacity is only 140 kg, and its maximum capacity is 400 liters. The car can carry items up to 1.2 meters long, and for maximum convenience, the cargo space is zoned with compartments and storage boxes.
Perhaps the only noticeable difference between the commercial version of the electric car and the regular Ami is the absence of a passenger seat. Instead, a spacious plastic box is installed next to the driver’s seat for transporting various small items.
Since Citroen My Ami Cargo is certified as an ATV, it is not subject to automotive safety standards, making it much cheaper than other electric vehicles. Even minors can drive it (for example, in France, a teenager over 14 years old can drive My Ami) …
In the French home market, the Citroen My Ami Cargo will go on sale in June for just €6,490. It can also be rented for 21 euros per month.