• Jun 11th 2012 at 11:00AM
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One major issue facing transportation is accessibility, especially for those in wheelchairs. From public to personal transit, a wheelchair presents unique mobility challenges. Sure, it's possible to outfit existing vehicles for wheelchair accessibility, but the process is expensive and doesn't always yield a complete, integrated solution. That's where Kenguru changes things. The Kenguru is an electric vehicle with no seats, that allows drivers to control the car from their wheelchair. We went to Pflugerville, TX to try it out.

Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV front view.

  • Image Credit: KENGURU
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV 3/4 view.

  • Image Credit: KENGURU
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV side view.

  • Image Credit: KENGURU
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV
  • Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV interior.

  • Image Credit: KENGURU
  • Kenguru Joystick Model Project
  • Kenguru is seeking to bring a joystick-driven model to market through a RocketHub funding project. This will make the EV accessible to power chair users.

  • Image Credit: ROCKETHUB/KENGURU


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      isawondfl
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is just a covered golf cart. The only problem is, in most states the vehicle has to go 45 in order to be road worthy. They are not truly free to go everywhere. Don't waste your money until they come out with a faster model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi, I really, really want one of these cars. Wish I could afford one. It would give me the freedom I want. What a great idea!
      galvin1105
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is a wonderful idea that is long overdue! It is a custom made vehicle for people in wheelchairs. None of us can imagine being confined to a wheelchair. This is a taste of freedom. Even though it can only go onto neighborhood roads of 45 mph, it will be such a wonderful sense of freedom to be able to go to the town shops and the malls by yourself. Many towns have public parks that would certainly allow them to park on the premises to be free to sit and relax. This will be a wonderful beginning vehicle. As these vehicles are made by other companies, they may be bigger and stronger. Only time will tell. Good luck to this beautiful woman and getting as many Kenguru handicapped vehicles as people want. Now that this article has been on line, maybe some kindly, wealthy investor will come along and help you out.
      bochemilner
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a death trap.
        Joan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bochemilner
        It is a "death trap" as long as other careless drivers make it so.
      jacquesellshomes
      • 3 Years Ago
      two words Shark Tank -- this is an awesome idea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing story Stacy!! Good luck to you!! Have you ever thought about going on the TV show "Shark Tank"? It's where billionaires invest their money to be partners with people that have businesses that need more money. You never know:)
      rcsherm
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one of those "why didn't I think of that!" ideas. Looks very functional, and allows freedom for many wheel chair bound folks. Best of luck! This is a market idea that will go far I believe.
      iheyl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to drive a car with a chair topper for my wheelchair, however since being diagnosed with post-polio and the weakening in my only good leg and arms, I've been home bound for several years. Getting a van and then adapting it, or buying already adapted one, is too expensive. Something like this would be so freeing. I pray they keep up the work. Maybe one day I can drive myself again ;o).
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great! It looks like a closed-in golf cart. Great idea. I'm so happy for her and those that will soon own one of these.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is amazing. I wish that every wheelchair bound person would be able to have one if they so desired. Hope those billionaires out there get the message and perhaps we should have a fund drive, entirely volunteer, to support this cause.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brilliant
      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting NEV. Next up would be to modify a SMART car design for a longer range.
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