Though it is exempt from meeting any formal crash test standards in most countries, vehicles like the battery-powered, Indian-built Reva – sold in England as the G-Wiz – have occasionally been subjected to informal tests, and the results have raised numerous concerns. Several years ago, British car magazine Top Gear decided to put a G-Wiz through the EuroNCAP (new car assessment program) crash test to see how it would fare. The car struck a barrier at 40 miles per hour and the result was, well, disastrous (pictured).

Sadly, a leading British academic, Dr. Judit Nadal, 47, lost her life shortly after her blue G-Wiz collided with a Skoda Octavia recently. The G-Wiz was torn in two on the A41 Hendon Way that links London to Birkenhead. Circumstances leading up to the accident have not been released and police are still investigating the collision. But this incident, as well as others like it, lead us to believe that all vehicles intent on traveling on the road, including lightweight quadricycles like the G-Wiz and three-wheelers like Zap's Xebra, should be required to meet crash test standards. No exceptions.

[Source: Daily Mail]