The Kenguru electric car is unlike any other EV, if for no other reason than it doesn't have a seat. That's because the Kenguru is designed to be driven by people in wheelchairs, and they bring their seats with them. With the Kenguru, you roll up, open the one door (the back hatch), then roll on down the road.

We learned about the struggles that Stacy Zoern, CEO of Community Cars, was having getting the Kenguru produced last month in this video. The good news is that the low-speed Kenguru (28 mile per hour top speed) is about to make its way into production. "Distribution in a number of European countries is imminent," Gizmodo reports. The car is hand-assembled in Pflugerville, TX by Community Cars. The Kenguru was originally designed by Rehab, Ltd in Hungary.

The Kenguru has a range of between 70 and 110 km (43-68 miles) and costs around $25,00 before governmental incentives. Because of the nature of this EV, qualified buyers can get both alternative powertrain and vocational rehabilitation incentives.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      this is wonderful an american owned made in america product that will make so many disabled folks so independent kudos to the owner stacy zoern!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is great, however, its unfortunate that "American Greed" will destroy its utilization. For all of its practical purposes and the fact that its a great idea; there is no reason whatsoever, that it should cost $25,000, other than pure unadulterated GREED. When you look at it in its entirety, this car is not much more than gold cart, that is accessible to those who use wheelchairs. You can buy an incredibly nice Gold Cart for less than $10,000 and one thats tricked out for less than $15,000. Yes, there are tax incentives, if you buy one. Just like the corporation gets for even making these. But those tax incentives that buyers get, don't effect, the profitability of the manufacture, yet the jack up the price because of it. Again, I love the vehicle, love the idea and it has a great purpose, however, "American Greed" has caused this item (like many other medical equipment needs) to be over priced. Shame on manufacturer for doing this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sorry the typo; I meant GOLF CART
        pamelah131
        • 4 Months Ago

        If you are going to speak about what you do not know about start-ups and specialized product I would suggest you not bother.  IF you think you know what is with the "anonymous" bit? At least have the courage, IF you have an opinion to put your name on it - otherwise don't bother coward.

        • 2 Years Ago
        There is also the Tata Nano, that has a MSRP of approximately $10,000 and is more equipped than than the Kenguru .... adding wheelchair accessibility does not justify an increase in the price to $25,000 .... just shameful.
      American Refugee
      • 3 Years Ago
      We've had the ICE equivalent of this vehicle, the Canta LX, in the Netherlands for years. The great thing about them is that you are allowed to park them wherever you can park a bike, including on sidewalks. They are quite popular.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ironic, if she parked like that in most cities, she would get a ticket. Doesn't matter if your vehicle fits the space because of its short wheelbase, it has to be parked parallel to the road. Personally, I'd prefer a real car like a van that could hold more than just myself and my wheelchair and have a greater range. Surely there aren't that many people that are permanently bound to a wheelchair that they'd have a significant impact on the environment if they weren't driving electrics.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hot disabled chick with a skeptical look.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would I want to ride in a goofy looking, bright yellow 'Kenguru' car if I was in a wheelchair?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Since the more usual alternative is not being able to drive at all, I would suspect so. Presumably the bright colour is to alert other drivers to be patient since the car has to go slower than normal traffic.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          DaveMart Odd name, at first i thought it was sponsored by some 'would-be' cult leader from Ipswich, 'Ken Guru', then I saw the poor quality, plagiarized, wheeled 'super roo' symbol made famous as Ford Australia's racing logo. As for the vehicle itself, it strikes me that there are a great many superior disabled vehicles available, that can not only accommodate disabled drivers, but keep up with modern traffic and safety standards. I forwarded this article to our local disabled drivers association, and the comments were not very positive.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Marco, The name can definitely be odd for an Australian where kangaroos thrive, but not for the original designer Rehab, Ltd in Hungary, since that's exactly how Hungarians spell the name of these cute animals in Hungarian [Kenguru].
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          krisztiant Ah,ha ! Thank you for that explanation. I suppose imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. I only hope Ford sees it that way ! (But, I kinda liked the idea of an unimaginative suburban yoga instructor calling himself 'Ken Guru' !) By the way, Kangaroos are cute, until you've met a big bad tempered buck. :)
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to be critical, here, but wouldn't this car benefit more from a higher speed and a longer driving range?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imoore
        I agree, it should go at least 35 and have a longer range.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obligatory Translogic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry89HBh70C0
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this on the nyse yet??
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