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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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      Clay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea, but I'm just wondering, what happens when someone runs into you?...
        Jim R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Clay
        Since it's classified as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, and not a car, it doesn't have to pass any of the NHTSA's crash safety standards. That's part of why they can develop it so cheaply. Because of this, you really REALLY don't want to get into an accident.
      • 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
      • 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:)
      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting NEV. Next up would be to modify a SMART car design for a longer range.
      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).
      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.
      • 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.
      Fred
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea for the people who need it. However... Every big fat person is going to want Medicare and Medicaid to buy them one. As a taxpayer, I protest. Most of these people could walk just fine if they get their weight down to normal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fred
        I will have you know my weight has nothing to do with how i walk. After 2 back surgerys which had nothing to do with my weight. Don't just think becouse we might be over weight that is all ways are proublem with walking
        nikkitytom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fred
        Duh .... did you watch the video. This lovely lady is a slim as a reed. This is not a mobile wheelchair like WalMart provides for customers who can't walk. And it's been a very very long time since I've seen a truly obese person in a regular "prosthetic" wheelchair.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is positive news for the physically challenged who are wheel chair bound huh?
      Goober
      • 3 Years Ago
      To those who are prisoners of their wheelchairs, I wish you far more mobile future. What a great idea. And once I saw a piece on a wheelchair that helps it's passenger to an upright position. Wheelchairs are chairs, and the passenger sits in it, always having to look up. When I saw the piece it showed a man who was in tears at finally being able to have a conversation eye-to-eye. Anything that can help someone who is wheelchair bound is fabulous. Bite me, Fred.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Goober
        The stand up wheelchair you mentioned came about as the result of a an able bodied plastic surgeon who had been in a headon car crash and was paralyzed from the waist down. He needed to be able to stand to do surgery. I know this because I was envolved.
      • 3 Years Ago
      trouble is...I couldn't afford something like this on a small soc. sec. income... :(
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