I think it is really cool looking and really neat for those who are in a wheelchair who want to drive. I think it would be great for downtown trips where the speed limit is low; like an NEV for those in wheelchairs. :)
I think it is more practical than this motorcycle; especially if it rains or other inclement weather.
$25,000 ! Yep, can see those fly out of the shop. Anyway, bit late, they've been around for 60 years in the Uk....
A mobility scooter with a shell.
Michael Mantion
The irony is if a mobile person were to drive this and get hit by an SUV they would most certainly need a wheel chair.
Billy Brooks
Three main problems with this concept: 1. Cost! 2. No storage area. 3. Speed (top speed of 60mph would be more like it). Have an electric motor coupled to a CVT would help with that.
Cost, should be in the range of up to $5000, should have a tilt out front storage box big enough for a weeks shopping. Saw this type of thing before, but it had one front wheel and 2stroke power with out a roof. I would be interested if I could take it up a shopping isle.
Dawar Saify
It would be good to integrate a powered wheelchair with a cacoon. The wheelchair's battery and wheels shared with the cocoon. The wheelchair itself would have to be quite powerful. The cocoon put on as desired. .
Chris Jordan
This project has been in my photo album 5 to 10 years. I have visually customized wheelchairs for my use many years, and thought this would look great with pinstripes, fading, lace patterns, etc. I very much like the idea, but people usually think I am off my rocker when I drive my flame-painted power wheelchair! I am afraid custom painting this Kenguru might be too much!
It would bre interesting to know how much this would cost if made in Hungary or China instead of the US. Another example of high cost on the home market no doubt in part to fleece the vocational rehabilitation incentives program. Something as simple as this should not be this expensive. Its also funny how armchair detractors find fault with a much needed mobility device but will justify Harleys,quad bikes,in fact any toy that gives them a buzz or makes them feel part of the crowd, None of which has safety equipment.
This is a very different proposition to the 'Invacar' product- that 'invalid car' (to use its very non-PC official description) was powered by a rear-mounted petrol engine.
This electric version does not require the owner to decamp from a wheelchair in order to drive it, as the driver used his/her own wheelchair. The 'Invacar' was therefore only suitable for users who were capable of using a non-powered wheelchair, and was therefore far less versatile. The 'Invacar' was notoriously overpowered for a tiny 3 wheeler and extremely dangerous. This electric vehicle is unlikely to win any awards for driver safety either, but at least when carrying a user with an electric wheelchair (which tend to weigh over 100kgs on their own) the centre of gravity should be fairly low. So for short urban journeys this looks to be a real winner.
dgate above makes a good point about armchair detractors finding fault with mobility devices but justify Harleys, Quad Bikes, etc. Certainly there are risks for the user with this vehicle, but the benefits of social inclusivity are immense.
Hope to see an affordable version in the UK soon.