The first mass-produced electric vehicle designed for easy access by, and to be driven from, a wheelchair has gone into production in Pflugerville, Tex. Smaller than a Smart ForTwo, the Kengaru is decidedly a city car, with a single remote-controlled door at the back for direct wheelchair access. Once its operator is inside, there is little room for a passenger. Its onboard batteries power two electric motors at the rear axle, giving a top speed of 28 mph and a range of 43-68 miles. Steering is by way of motorcycle-style handlebars, though future models will have a joystick arrangement currently being developed. It will be priced at US $25,000 before electric vehicle and/or vocational rehabilitation incentives.
The Kengaru electric car gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “wheelchair accessible.”
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