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[NEWS] Ark Zero launched as £5995 Citroen Ami rival

Ark Zero launched as £5995 Citroen Ami rival

Ark Zero front three quarter
UK start-up's electric two-seater has a 28mph top speed

Billed as "the UK's most affordable electric car", the Zero gets a 50-mile range and weighs just 489kg

British EV start-up Ark has launched an electric quadricycle called the Zero that costs £5995 and is claimed to be "the UK's most affordable electric car".

Now available to order from the firm's website only, the 489kg electric two-seater from the London-based firm has a 28mph top speed, 50.3-mile range and room enough for two adults and a dog. It uses a 3bhp motor powered by a lithium ion battery. 

A spokesperson from Ark said: “Ark Zero is the most functional car ever built since the Ford Model T. Capitalism sold us over-engineered cars that we don't need over the last century. Thanks to Ark Zero, we can tackle a need in the market efficiently and affordably without giving any compromise.”

The body is made entirely of aluminium, with the firm citing greater energy absorption and dissipation over a conventional steel body in the event of an accident, thus improving occupant safety. It also allows for improved handling and manoeuvrability in cities, a more balanced weight distribution and corrosion resistance.

It measures 2500mm in length, 1202mm in width and 1625mm in height, making it shorter in length but taller than its closest rival, the Citroën Ami. It is available in one specification only, with customers able to choose between four different colours - red, black, white and grey. 

As standard, it comes with a sunroof, reversing camera, LED lights, a central LCD infotainment screen and Bluetooth connectivity. It uses a standard Type 1 charger, which allows charge speeds of up to 7.4kW, with Type 2 chargers available using a converter. According to the firm, a full charge takes six to eight hours and costs "less than £1".

Cars will be delivered to customers 14-16 weeks after their order confirmation and orders are limited to the UK only. However, the firm plans to extend its operations further afield in the near future. Leasing is not available. 

The firm has further plans to launch an A-segment car in the near future and will offer autonomous ride-hailing services in London starting next year. 

The Zero arrives among a spate of micro-EV launches as firms target younger city dwellers and the average price of a car in the UK spirals. As of January 2023, this price was £39,308. Fiat recently announced its second EV, the Toppolino, which is based on the Ami and is designed to “make young people fall in love with cars again”.

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