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Quadricycle, with an i, was a popular term for human or motorized four wheel bike-like vehicles around the turn of the 19th to 20th century

Quadricycle refers to vehicles with four wheels.

In 1896 Henry Ford named his first vehicle design the "Quadricycle". it ran on four bicycle wheels, with an engine driving the back wheels.[1]

In 21st century France, a quadricycle is a 4-wheel car that cannot go faster than 45 km/h (28 mph), weighs less than 425 kg (937 lb), and has a maximum power of 4 kW (5.4 hp).[2][3] In the United States, a similar classification is the low-speed vehicle class.

Additional motorized four-wheelers:

Quadricycle, quadracycle, quadcycle, quadrocycle and quad all refer to vehicles with four wheels. More specifically these terms may refer to:

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  1. ^ a b Brinkley, David, Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, (New York: Penguin Group, 2003), p.22
  2. ^ "Code de la route - Article R311-1" (in French). Government of France. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019. Paragraph 4
  3. ^ WIRED – France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive This Tiny Electric Car at wired.com, accessed 8 May 2018
  4. ^ Manufacturers/ Burnard Jarstfer/ 1896 Burnard Jarstfer Quadricycle at conceptcarz.com, accessed 8 May 2018
  5. ^ 1899 Orient Autogo: Is it a bicycle? A motorcycle? An automobile? at thefinishingtouchinc.com, accessed 8 May 2018
  6. ^ The 1901 Buchet Powered Truffault Quadricycle April 13, 2013 at theoldmotor.com, accessed 8 May 2018
  7. ^ 1890s Tandem Quadricycle at oldbike.eu, accessed 8 May 2018
  8. ^ De Dion Bouton 1900 at classicdriver.com, accessed 8 May 2018
  9. ^ a b 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout Archived May 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Quadricycle Peugeot Type 3 at arts-et-metiers.net, accessed 8 May 2018
  11. ^ Page 56 on The Automotive Manufacturer, Volume 54 Trade News Publishing Co., 1912 at books.google.com, accessed 8 May 2018