Thu. Oct 5th, 2023
    Reimagining the Car: The Rise of Tiny Electric Vehicles

    As cities around the world grapple with the need to reduce pollution, congestion, and road danger caused by cars, some motor manufacturers are reimagining the very concept of a car. One category of vehicles gaining popularity is the quadricycle. These small electric vehicles are designed for city driving and offer numerous benefits.

    Quadricycles, also known as micro cars, are four-wheeled vehicles with a maximum weight of 400 kg (excluding batteries for electric vehicles) and a maximum power of 15 kW. They are specifically designed for low-speed operation in urban areas. Unlike larger, heavier cars like SUVs, quadricycles pose less risk to pedestrians in the event of a collision. Additionally, their light weight reduces the damage they cause to the road surface, making them a more sustainable option for urban mobility.

    The latest electric quadricycles hitting the market are the Citroen Ami and the Zero. The Citroen Ami offers a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 28 mph, making it perfect for short city trips. It can be owned for as little as £20 per month. The Zero, on the other hand, offers a slightly better range of 50 miles and costs £5,995 to buy. Both vehicles are 100% electric, exempting them from London’s Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone.

    In addition to their environmental benefits, quadricycles also make financial sense. With the average car spending 97% of its life parked and a significant portion of trips being under 5 miles, owning a smaller, more efficient vehicle for city driving can save money on fuel and maintenance costs.

    As the concept of reimagining cars gains traction, it’s worth considering the potential of quadricycles as a safer, greener alternative for urban transportation. With their lightweight design and electric power, these tiny vehicles offer a glimpse into the future of urban mobility.


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