• Feb 19, 2014
Remember the Kenguru electric car, the little city EV that was designed with wheelchair users in mind? It was supposed to be available by now, since deliveries were reportedly "imminent" in the middle of 2012. Unfortunately, things haven't worked out quite as they were supposed to, which means that the cars have not started being hand-assembled by Community Cars in Pflugerville, TX.

Stacy Zoern, president of Kenguru, told AutoblogGreen that, the company has not yet started production because of a number of technical and financial hurdles. She didn't give specifics, but said, "There were some technical problems that forced us back to the drawing board. In the meantime, we also needed to raise more money to begin production, which we are still trying to do. As soon as we can raise $500,000, we can press 'go.'"

The Kenguru is a low-speed EV with a big rear hatch entry point (and a ramp) that allows people in wheelchairs to simply roll on in, buckle up and start driving. The car, originally designed by Rehab, Ltd in Hungary, will comply with the Low Speed Vehicle rules set forth by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. That means they are limited to roads with a posted speed limit of 35 or 45 miles per hour, depending on local rules. Last we heard, the $25,000 (estimated price) Kenguru has a top speed of 28 mph, so you wouldn't want to go on a highway anyway. The EV has a range of between 43 and 68 miles. We've got three Kenguru videos, including one featuring President Obama, available below.







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      Actionable Mango
      • 21 Hours Ago
      If they have a solid business plan, they should have no problem finding $500,000 from investors.
      brotherkenny4
      • 21 Hours Ago
      Recently I saw a custom shop had built a motorcycle for a wheel chair rider and the builder was applauded as a hero. Bikers accept the risk. Other people would too. Not everyone is convinced by the fear mongers. The single most important thing you can do when driving any vehicle is to pay attention. I see plenty of people in their supposedly safe SUVs driving while on the phone. It's apparent that while these people cite safety as an issue they really don't believe it or are simply too unintelligent to be safe. So, scare up the people if you want, but some of us will never get the fear.
      Ryan
      • 21 Hours Ago
      The concept is good, it is just that the design is a little small I think. The next thing is that they should use Indiegogo or Kickstarter to raise some of the money. Or work with Tesla to get some help. But, also get the price down...50 mile range should be plenty, and design it to do well in a crash.
        Joeviocoe
        • 21 Hours Ago
        @Ryan
        It is the safety equivalent to a Moped/scooter. And that is fine for people who accept the risk.
      • 21 Hours Ago
      How can I get one
      Koenigsegg
      • 21 Hours Ago
      I dont get it. Is that car thing what they want to go in? like die in? if i had to be a wheelchair or die i'd choose death. Not be in a wheelchair for a part of my life, then get hit in a collision in this car, and die in the car in my wheelchair Lul
        mikeybyte1
        • 21 Hours Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Here we have a vehicle that gives increased freedom and independence to people in wheelchairs. And you don't get it? You choose death? Well at least now if you have a crippling accident that renders you unable to ever walk again we will have one extra wheelchair for those that value life. And one less troll on the internet.
          DarylMc
          • 21 Hours Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          Insensitive comment for sure. In defence of Tesla Fan, he does seem to have recurring difficulty to engage his brain before his mouth. Also little understanding of how his comments can damage the brand he is a fan of.
      Marco Polo
      • 21 Hours Ago
      The quest is definitely noble. Building a zero emission vehicle for those confined to a wheel chair. Most of these design are conceived by idealists, very nice folk, but with very little regard for commercial reality. There are many conventional vehicles, that allow access to be driven by handicapped drivers. A low speed, basically NEV vehicle would have only a very limited market, and unless heavily subsidised, would be expensive to manufacture. If the government feels that such vehicles would be of value to enhance the lives (and productivity) of handicapped citizens, then it should subsidise the production of a fully road capable EV, with real road going range, speed, and the safety features of a modern auto-mobile. This sort of dangerous little vehicle, is simply a poor compromise.
        DarylMc
        • 21 Hours Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Hi Marcopolo I do wonder if any of my friends who are in wheelchairs would like to be seen in the Kenguru but I also think mobility has a greater value once you no longer have it. Safety might not be the strong point of this vehicle but it appears to address access in a way that expensive conversions would struggle to match. It would be good to get the opinions of people who might consider using the vehicle as well.
      • 21 Hours Ago
      So, where would you put your groceries?