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Size Matters: Fate of Quadricycle Industry Rides on Classification

By Huang Rong and April Ma
Chinese regulators are still trying to decide how to legally classify quadricycles, putting the huge industry's future in doubt. The small electric vehicles, such as the one above in Shanxi province, have become popular in rural China as a cheap alternative to automobiles. Photo: Visual China
Chinese regulators are still trying to decide how to legally classify quadricycles, putting the huge industry's future in doubt. The small electric vehicles, such as the one above in Shanxi province, have become popular in rural China as a cheap alternative to automobiles. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — The fate of the multibillion-yuan quadricycle industry is riding on how regulators decide to classify the four-wheel electric vehicles.

Resembling small cars or buggies, quadricycles — which have satisfied demands for motorized transport in rural China — still do not have an official classification.

The general understanding is that the “low-speed electric vehicles” run solely on electricity and can reach a maximum speed of 70 kph with engines much less powerful than that of an automobile.

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