The people behind the subway-friendly, all-electric Kenguru have experienced many of the ups and downs that other start-up EV companies are all too familiar with. In fact, when you first go to the Kenguru website, it doesn't ask if you want to buy a car, it says "Investors Wanted!"

But that drama hides a simple idea that is executed so well here. The Kenguru is basically a battery-powered, car-shaped wrapper for a wheelchair. That idea, to help people with mobility difficulties achieve a new level of independence, is elucidated nicely by Stacy Zoern, CEO of Community Cars (the company now behind the Kenguru; the vehicle was originally designed by Rehab, Ltd in Hungary) in a new video by our friends at Translogic. Watch it below.

Based in Pflugerville, TX, Community Cars assembles the Kenguru by hand, but it currently doesn't have enough money to make and sell them (see: call for investors). The latest hiccup isn't stopping Zoern, who says that a joystick-driven model is coming next. This will be a big deal for her, because, as you can see in the video when she shakes hands, she does not have the upper-body strength to drive the current version. She has driven a car before, a converted "normal" car that cost $80,000, but ended up getting into an accident, making the cheaper Kenguru – at $25,000 – both personal and practical. We think that the Kenguru is also a perfect candidate for wireless charging.

The RWD, fiberglass Kenguru has but one door – in the back to allow a wheelchair to roll on in – and has a top speed of 45 kilometers an hour (28 miles per hour) and a range of somewhere between 70 and 110 km (43-68 miles). It also qualifies, in some areas, for both green vehicle credits as well as vocational rehabilitation incentives. That just might make it the best kind of hybrid.


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Technical Specifications

Engine
2 gearless synchronous belt driven wheel drives on the back axle
Performance: 2Kw/150 Nm per Motor
Operating Voltage: 48V AC
Brushless internal Rotor
Running Gear
Independent double wishbone wheel suspensing in the front
Hauled single sided swingarms in the back
Shock absorber with adjustable preload
4 hydraulic disc brakes
Locking brake operating on the front wheels
Rimsize: 12*2, 2
Wheelsize: 100/ 90-12

Chassis
Fiberglass chassis on steel frame
Doors: 1
Seats: Room for one driver with wheelchair

Dimensions and Weight
Wheelbase: 1550 mm
Length: 2125 mm
Width: 1620 mm
Height: 1525 mm
Empty weight without driver: 550Kg
Empty weight without driver and batteries: 350Kg
Allowed total weight: 660 Kg

Driving Performance
Maximum Speed: 45 Km/h
Climbing Ability: 20%
Range: 70- 110 km

Operation
Steering via Motorcycle handlebar (via Joystick from 2012)
LED display on dashboard
Electrical door opening system controlled via remote control


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      carney373
      • 15 Hours Ago
      The Kenguru then needs to be able to drive itself into the back ramp of a dedicated minivan. Which can then drive itself up the back ramp of a tractor trailer. Which does the same onto a train, then a ship. Which transforms into a huge robot.
      American Refugee
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Already exists in non-electric form, and very popular in Amsterdam: http://www.amsterdamlogue.com/the-worlds-smallest-car.html
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 15 Hours Ago
      cute EVs are good all round
      American Refugee
      • 15 Hours Ago
      What isn't? :)
      Ryan
      • 15 Hours Ago
      The design is good, but the specs are not. They should have added more batteries and a bigger motor to go at least 45mph. Maybe in small European cities that speed will be fast enough though.
        stevefazek
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Ryan
        I am not trying to be Mean i really am not, but you really dont know what your talking about. its a LSV/NEV by federal Law they are restricted to 25MPH, yet some states have upped it to 35 MPH and and the government respects those states wishes. Sadly many states these arnt even street legal still. Even with US labor 25K is way overpriced considering I can buy one with the same Specs minus a wheel chair ramp for 4 grand in china, Even with US labor costs there is no reason why this cant be sold at a profit for the company and the dealer for 14 grand