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Electric quadricycle: what is it?


Renault's Twizy electric quadricycle

A electric quadricycle it is a four-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine that is electrically powered by an on-board battery. But what is a quadricycle 'technically'?

With this term the highway code (Article 47) means a four-wheeled vehicle 'with characteristics similar to a moped'.

If the unladen mass is less than or equal to 350 kg (excluding batteries in the case of an electric vehicle) we speak of quadricycle light (category L6e) if the unladen mass is less than or equal to 400 kg (550 kg for vehicles intended for freight transport, always excluding batteries in the case of the electric) we speak different quadricycle (category L7e) or more commonly of heavy quadricycle.

A electric quadricycle light (L6e) you can drive even at the age of 14 with the European A1 license (valid outside Italy only after the age of 16) and for young people it is the safest and most sustainable way (in this case after the bicycle) to get around the city . Its features are:

  • maximum speed 45 km / h;
  • maximum weight without batteries 350 kg;
  • maximum power 4 kW;
  • maximum number of passengers over the driver 1;
  • maximum transportable load 200 kg.

A different electric quadricycle o heavy (L7e) you drive from 16 years with the European B1 license, but only after 18 you are authorized to carry the passenger. The characteristics of this vehicle are:

  • maximum speed between 46 and 80 km / h;
  • maximum weight without batteries 400 kg;
  • maximum power 15 kW;
  • maximum number of passengers over the driver 1;
  • maximum transportable load 200 kg.

A quadricycle which exceeds even only one of these limits is considered a motor vehicle in all respects.

The decision to buy a electric quadricycle mobility needs must be taken into consideration and the basic values ​​of an electric vehicle are evaluated: maximum speed, transportable load, range, power and recharge. In addition of course to the price.

The maximum speed is also important from the point of view of safety: 45 km / h in the city center are perfect, but in the suburbs or on busier roads they can become a danger. The transportable load must be checked: if a electric quadricycle it is approved to carry a passenger (with an adult driver) but can carry a maximum of 100 kg, with two people there will be problems.

As for autonomy, power and recharging, it is good to get to know the 'world of batteries' a little better. You can start with our articles below.


Video: Four person quadricycle with electric assist. (October 2020).