Nowadays, city streets are increasingly being traversed by minicars, microcars or quadricycles. Whatever you call them, they are the new stars of city traffic thanks to their small size and low fuel consumption. Initially proposed with noisy and polluting engines, today’s microcars are mostly electric and offered in futuristic, high-performance versions.
What are electric microcars
An electric microcar is a vehicle that can be driven as early as the age of 14 with a licence, as it is a quadricycle with less power than an electric or conventional car. The indispensable characteristics for a mini or microcar are:
• a “displacement” less than or equal to 50 cc;
• weight up to 350 kg;
• a maximum power of 4K.
In turn we speak of:
- Light quadricycles: these are equated to mopeds and can be driven from the age of 14 with a licence. They weigh no more than 350kg and travel at a maximum of 45km/h with power never exceeding 4 kW/5.4 hp;
- Heavy quadricycles: they can be driven by 16-year-olds and up with a B1 licence, have a weight of no more than 400 kg and a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Power does not exceed 15 kW/20 hp.
Like electric scooters, light and heavy quadricycles can also be purchased with an incentive of 30% of the list price or €3,000 or with an incentive of 40% or €4,000 in the case of scrapping another vehicle, not only microcars but also motorbikes or scooters.
5 microcars to drive in the city
1. The innovative Citroen Ami micro-car, a lightweight quadricycle that allows two people to stay on board and has a 5.5 kWh battery motor that can be recharged from a normal household socket in about three hours. The range is 75 km while the speed does not exceed the 45 km/h imposed by the highway code.
2. The light and heavy Renault Twizy quadricycle dating from 2011, in which passengers are one behind the other as on a motorbike. It has dual homologation, from a light quadricycle with 5 hp and to a heavy quadricycle with 17 hp and 80 km/h speed. In both cases, the claimed range is 100 km and full recharging takes about 3.5 hours.
3. The XEV Yoyo heavy quadricycle with 8 kW and 10 hp and a top speed of 80 km/h. The battery is a removable 10.3 kWh rear battery, which allows a range of up to 150 km (stated by the manufacturer). The interior has an ultra-modern and functional look with a touch screen to which any mobile device can be connected. Charging from the home socket takes only 6 hours.
4. The light quadricycle TazzariZero, from the Imola-based company with a power output of 6 kW and 8 hp and an autonomy of 141 km thanks to Lithium BIG 9 kWh batteries. Safety is ensured by the load-bearing chassis with steel cockpit cell and roll bar, and an electropowered braking system with four disc brakes. Recharging from zero to 80 per cent takes about three and a half hours. The maximum speed is fixed at 45 km/h.
5. The e-Aixam City light quadricycle with City and Coupé models, power output of 6 kW and 8.15 hp, and the 6.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is capable of a range of 130 km (declared) when fully charged. Charging times are 3 hours and 30 minutes and its maximum speed does not exceed, as per code, 45 hours per hour. Standard 14-inch alloy wheels complete the work. Now that you know the top five microcar models, all you have to do is buy your favourite and use a home wall box system such as the Daze Box C from DazeTechnology to recharge it. Contact us for more information!