Citroën Launches Micro-Mobility for Last Mile in France

Micro-mobility comes to commercial delivery vehicles in the shape of a cargo carrying version of the Citroën My Ami BEV to be launched in France.

The My Ami Cargo is designed for last-mile delivery service providers and other business users operating in urban areas, where speed limits are often restricted and space is always at a premium. More importantly for many small delivery businesses, is that the emission-free vehicle will be able to operate in the increasing number of low emission zones being installed by city regulators around Europe in a bid to reduce air pollution.

As with the base vehicle, the Ami Cargo features the same 5.5kWh lithium battery pack. It is connected to a 6kW electric motor for an emissions-free driving experience. The vehicle can be fully charged from a standard domestic socket in just three hours and comes with a capable 47 mile (75km).

At 2.41m (7.87ft) long, 1.39m (4.56ft) wide and 1.52m (4.98ft) tall, the van’s interior has been re-designed to make the most of space available. The main change is the removal of the passenger seat, which has been replaced by a seven-part polypropylene module that can hold up to 260-liter and 140kg (308lbs) of cargo or goods. Coupled with the interior storage already present on-board, the vehicle is able to offer a total load capacity of 400-liters.

Other alternations aimed at the commercial delivery customer includes:

  • A vertical, separating partition between the driver and cargo area. This has been positioned to provide optimum space between the driver and the cargo. A recess in the separating partition gives the driver space to operate the handbrake without any obstructions. The partition’s height is calibrated to preserve 360° visibility for total safety.
  • A modular shelf. A secondary shelf unit can hold up to 40kg (88lbs) and has been designed to work either as a storage unit or as a mobile desk. It also features an A4 size cut-out that can hold forms or other items of paperwork. The shelf is adjustable and can be moved towards the driver for better access, or tilted towards the passenger door if required. The shelf can also be removed completely, to maximize the storage space available.
  • Two-way adjustable floor. The cargo floor can be raised and locked vertically, so as not to obstruct the cargo zone, or lowered into a horizontal position to match the level of the vehicle floor. This latter position allows the user to carry longer objects with a maximum length of 1.20m (3.9ft). Cargo retainers are provided to secure fragile items.
  • Independent closed storage. At the rear of the cabin, an independent secure storage area can accommodate valuable items such as a smartphone, sunglasses or a wallet.

My Ami Cargo will be ready to order from early June of this year, with prices starting from €6,490 ($7,818), which includes €900 ($1,084) government ecological bonus currently available in France. The automaker says expressions of interest are being taken from other European countries to assess demand and a possible future roll-out.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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