Here at The Autopian, we adore the Citroen Ami. We’re absolutely enamored with the concept of a reasonably-priced electric quadricycle, and now Fiat has gone and made the Ami even better. More details have been released on the charming Ami-based Fiat Topolino electric quadricycle, and we’re pleased to report that it’s all smiles.
As expected, the Topolino won’t set the world alight with its performance figures. Top speed sits at 28 mph, while claimed range maxes out at 47 miles. Small figures, but then, this is an exceedingly small car. Legally, it isn’t even a car at all, but a quadricycle, which means that French 14-year-olds with a limited-class license can drive it on the public roads. Mind you, the Topolino’s operating parameters aren’t too far from the performance brief of the original Citroen 2CV, which should make it perfect for quick urban errands that aren’t convenient to do by public transit.
We’re already familiar with this thing’s Nuova 500-like face, but seeing the rear of the Topolino is a relief as it keeps the retro theme going. Chromed taillight clusters and silver trim recall Dante Giacosa’s iconic 500 of the late-’50s, and those aren’t the only retro touches around back. Because the Fiat Topolino doesn’t have a trunk as such, Fiat’s dug into its classic look book to get creative. Bolted to the rear of the car is a whimsically vintage-look chromed luggage rack, perfect for a wicker basket if you’re leaning into the look, or milk crates if you just want to keep things cheap and cheerful.
For a basic quadricycle, the standard Topolino offers a surprising array of amenities. Sure, you won’t be finding Apple CarPlay or heated seats here, but a panoramic roof is a lovely touch, the netted door pockets are absolutely massive, and the smartphone holder is cheap infotainment done right. I even like the charmingly low-res digital cluster that looks a bit like an iPod dock from 2005.
If you’re the sort of person to wake up and say, “Where we’re going, we don’t need doors,” step on up to the charmingly-named Topolino Dolcevita. It’s the full-on beach car version of Fiat’s littlest EV, a doorless bundle of joy with a roll-back fabric sunroof. It’s Mediterranean in all the best ways and can even be ordered with a shower to hose off the sand and salt you might accumulate after a day at the seaside. Best of all, the Dolcevita isn’t any more expensive than the standard Topolino, which makes it one of the more affordable ways to get into a beach car.
With a low price and a retro appearance, the Topolino seems ripe for customization, and Fiat dealers will oblige with a wide array of accessories. Some, like a USB-powered fan and a Bluetooth speaker, are things probably best obtained aftermarket, but faux-wood paneling, go-fast stripes, and seat covers that double as towels sound genuinely fun.
I still think the Topolino would sell in America against various golf carts that are so popular these days. Not only is it faster than a Club Car Onward or electric Moke, it offers some protection from the elements, ever so slightly more range than the Moke, and could theoretically be competitive based on pricing. In Europe, the Fiat Topolino starts at €9,890, which converts out to $10,767 at the time of writing. While no Changli, it’s definitely on the cheap end for this segment. In any case, expect to see these little things running around the Italian Riviera very soon.
(Photo credits: Fiat)
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