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An Electric Car for Wheelchair Users

7/24/2008 12:48:46 PM

Tags: technology, wheelchair, cars, Kenguru, Rehab, electric car, Green Car Journal

KenguruFor years, big, expensive converted minivans have been the norm in transportation for wheelchair users. Environmental responsibility hasn't always been the biggest priority. Luckily, a Hungarian company called Rehab Ltd. has developed the Kenguru, an electric car designed specifically for the disabled. 

The vehicle has no side doors; instead the driver rolls in through a rear hatchback and over an automatically lowering ramp. The car is 85 inches long and 61 inches wide and has a range of about 35 miles at a top speed of 25 miles per hour.

Unfortunately, the vehicle hasn’t made it stateside yet, but it’s getting closer. Kenguru UK in England is launching this summer, and the company plans expansion to the U.S. in the near future, according to Green Car Journal

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5/13/2011 1:13:57 AM
Thank you for sharing this information. I hope to see more in the future

7/26/2008 9:48:22 PM
Excellent! I'd be interested to read more about this car when it hits the states. Erik, I hope you keep this topic on your agenda for a future update.

Erik Helin_3
7/25/2008 12:24:20 PM
There's probably a more likely chance of the vehicle's cost lowering in the UK with gov't help, but I wouldn't expect that here in the US. And, though I realize $12,500 seems like a lot of money, when you take into account that typical minivan conversion ranges from $14,000 to $15,000 (according to Wikipedia), it's a relatively good deal. And, it cuts down on gas use and carbon emissions (being electric and all). As far as the short distance and low speed capacity, it's likely more suited for urban areas/more compact cities in Europe.

7/25/2008 10:37:00 AM
At first glance, the Kenguru is great--lets people in wheelchairs drive independently, doesn't guzzle gas. But I wonder how many wheelchair users have a spare $12,500 for a vehicle that only goes up to 30 miles an hour for a maximum of 30 miles before recharge? Seems like quite the luxury item to me. _Green Car Journal_ says the Kenguru is "free to qualified users as part of Hungary’s healthcare program." Any word on whether any healthcare programs in the UK or the US will offer the Kenguru free? -Lisa Gulya

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