‘We’re witnessing the beginning of a transport revolution – courtesy of the Citroen Ami’

Now, that is my concept of improper place, improper time. I’m in rural suburbia, it’s early morning, I’ve a busy day forward and my automobile is parked up, on the town, 20 miles away. However there’s a practice station about three miles from me, and I need to head for it – regardless of the specter of extra strikes from railway staff. There’s little proof of buses (additionally affected by strikes) or taxis (for individuals who can afford their fares). So I’ve to stroll to the shabby station, sporting out my shoe leather-based and dropping an hour of my day.

I languish on the platform for 20 depressing minutes. Miraculously, the practice exhibits up for my 45-minute experience. After that, 25 minutes of strolling, ready for, and being hauled by bus. Yuck!

My circa-20-mile journey subsequently robbed me of virtually three hours of my life and value round £20. Really, make that six hours and £40 if – heaven forbid – some poor sod has to endure this form of gradual, soul-destroying schlep as a every day commute from house to work and again once more. Throughout a typical five-day working week, that’s equal to just about 30 hours of punishing journey and ready time, plus £200 on practice and bus fares. No marvel tens of millions of staff now do business from home.

Coincidentally, just a few days earlier, in and round a famously busy city, I drove Britain’s most cost-effective (£7,995), slowest (28mph) EV. And genuinely, I’ve by no means pushed something (not even VW’s £100k XL1) that’s extra acceptable, usable or satisfying on more and more tight inner-urban streets and parking areas. I’m 100 per cent satisfied that if I’d had a Citroen Ami about my particular person on the morning of my time-sapping commute from rural suburbia, my journey would’ve been massively faster, cheaper, cleaner and happier.

Overlook three hours of strolling and ready, and two modes of awful, subsidised public transport collectively leading to a pathetic door-to-door journey time averaging 7mph. The unsubsidised Ami is purpose-designed for precisely this kind and size of journey; travelling for about an hour, at a median velocity nearer to 20mph. That’s not, and isn’t purported to be, significantly fast. But it surely’s quick sufficient – and completely affordable throughout rush hour, which is when and the place this runt of an electrical automobile thrives – though it’ll additionally fortunately plod 24/7 in all weathers, not like trains, buses, blistered ft or skinny tyres on pushbikes.

I don’t suppose Citroen, drivers of all ages and incomes, politicians or ailing public-transport bosses and unions have but absolutely appreciated the importance of and large potential for the Ami. Leasing begins at a stupidly low £19.99 monthly (admittedly after stumping up a sizeable deposit). Alternatively, put down subsequent to nothing earlier than paying £100 month-to-month and you should buy/personal one outright. Such costs render rural taxis (if you will discover one), commuter trains (assuming they are often bothered to show up), and buses (ditto) virtually – however not completely – redundant. What we’re witnessing right here is the start of a (transport) revolution – courtesy of (who else however) the French.

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