Monday, June 9, 2014

Even electric quadricycles are not safe on the road

Euro NCAP has tested four heavy quadricycles in a special safety campaign. All vehicles have performed very poorly and some have shown serious risks of life threatening injuries. In recent years, a new class of sub-compact vehicles has emerged in Europe. Although street-legal, quadricycles do not have to pass any of the rigorous crash tests to which cars are subjected. The tested models were the Club Car Villager 2+2 LSV, the Renault Twizy 80, the Tazzari ZERO and the Ligier IXO J LINE 4 Places. While some vehicles scored better than others, all fourquadricycles showed serious safetyproblems.The vehicles were scored primarily on data from crash dummies but penaltieswere also given for poor performance of the structure or restraints. ‘Our test campaign confirms that quadricycles generally provide a much lower level of safety than regular passenger cars. The poor results, however, urge us to ask ourselves whether consumers should really be satisfied with the protection currently being offered? As quadricycles look set to become more and more popular, Euro NCAP is calling for manufacturers and legislative authorities to ensure a minimum level of crash safety for this vehicle segment’ stated Michiel van Ratingen. Read more here.

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