Also undetermined was the prospect of a joystick-driven version of the Kenguru, which would broaden the user base of the vehicle beyond the standard handlebar-controlled model that we had the opportunity to drive. Zoern herself was among those anticipating a joystick model, as she told us when we inquired as to the sales timeline for the Kenguru. "Hopefully soon because I need the joystick model to drive, so I'm still waiting," said Zoern.
Now, roughly a year and a half later, it appears the wait may soon be over for Zoern and her customers.
Kenguru announced earlier this week that they would begin to take pre-orders on their B1 and Z1 wheelchair-accessible EV models. The B1 features the motorcycle handlebar steering design that we test drove, whereas the Z1 is controlled by joystick. Both models are powered by a pair of 32 volt AC belt drive motors on the rear-wheels, with a top speed of 25 miles per hour and an estimated range of 45 miles. Charge time for the 2 kWh battery is eight hours.
The B1 has an MSRP of $25,000 and the Z1 will cost $38,500, but those who place a $100 refundable deposit by January 30 will receive 10% off the MSRP, according to the announcement from Kenguru. Official information regarding delivery has yet to be released, but Kenguru anticipates a wait of 12-18 months, according to their Facebook page.