Quadricycles are also exempt from the central London congestion charge and have become increasingly popular lately. British car magazine Top Gear decided to have one of the little battery powered vehicles put through the EuroNCAP (new car assessment program) crash test to see how well it does. The car was crashed into a barrier at 40 mph and the likelihood of the driver surviving was slim as shown in the photos above. The British government also tested a G-Wiz at 35mph and was so concerned with the results that they are now going to the European Commission to review the regulations for quadricycles, as we mentioned the other day.
The Top Gear site also has a video of the crash test. Fortunately some electrics, like those from Tesla and Phoenix, are being built to car safety standards and even NEVs in the US are subject to 25 mph crash tests.