It is not uncommon for people to rent electric bicycles or scooters in large cities. But have you ever rented an electric car? Using a service called Free2Move, French automaker Citroën plans to rent out its small electric car, the Ami, in select cities across the United States.
Wait, does this thing count as an electric car? The Citroen Ami costs just $ 6,000 thanks to crazy cost-cutting measures like plastic seats and a mirrored design (the front and rear of the car are identical). It̵
After a soft launch in Washington DC and Portland, people in the United States can rent the Ami through the Free2Move service. But this service is unlikely to be useful outside of some cities and inner cities. The Ami is too slow for the highway and can only travel 44 miles with a load.
Free2Move hasn’t announced any pricing for its service, but the Ami only costs $ 6,000, so renting a car should be a lot cheaper than leasing a real car. Renting from Free2Move also includes maintenance and insurance, so that you are not on the hook if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a Citroën Ami in the United States yet, so you’ll have to pay Free2Move a monthly fee if you want to use one.
Source: Citroën via Electrek