Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Best Innovation

With its compact dimensions, unparalleled manoeuvrability and emissions-free running, the Citroën Ami Cargo sets a new benchmark for urban delivery solutions...

WINNER: Best Innovation

Citroën Ami Cargo

Citroen Ami Cargo rear static

A single-seat electric-powered quadricycle that looks a little bit like a toaster on wheels and which has a top speed of 28mph and a range of 47 miles per charge?

Many will laugh at the Citroën Ami Cargo - most likely even its owners, given part of its appeal is its quirky styling inside and out, and its resultant ability to get you noticed, especially now that custom wraps are available for the exterior bodywork - but here is a vehicle that signals a new way of doing things.

The Ami Cargo won’t suit most van drivers, but it will suit a select few perfectly thanks to its compact dimensions, all-round visibility and tight turning capabilities, as well as its just-so performance for the busiest of city roads, all at a relatively bargain price. It is for rethinking the norm in a world intent on reducing its consumption and emissions that the Ami Cargo wins this year’s Innovation Awards.

Citroen Ami Cargo shelf

Practicality is boosted by the removal of the passenger seat from the car version of the Citroën Ami, a seven-part cargo area providing 260 litres of storage for up to 140kg of goods. That takes the Ami Cargo’s total capacity to 400 litres. A partition keeps any goods from spilling on to the driver, while a two-way split floor adds further versatility.

Citroen has confirmed that the Ami Cargo will go on sale in the UK alongside its two-seat car sibling sometime next year. And while pricing has yet to be announced, we suspect it won’t deviate too far from the £6000 charged for the passenger car. 

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