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Electric 4WD vehicle allows users to "Zoom" off-road

Electric 4WD vehicle allows us...
The Zoom allows people with limited mobility to venture off the pavement
The Zoom allows people with limited mobility to venture off the pavement
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The Zoom allows people with limited mobility to venture off the pavement
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The Zoom allows people with limited mobility to venture off the pavement
The Zoom in its element (Photo: Peter Venema)
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The Zoom in its element (Photo: Peter Venema)
The Zoom tips the scales at 150 lb (68 kg), and can accommodate riders weighing up to 220 lb (100 kg)
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The Zoom tips the scales at 150 lb (68 kg), and can accommodate riders weighing up to 220 lb (100 kg)
Two 48-volt lithium-iron-phosphate batteries provide power to four 1,000-watt hub motors, one in each wheel
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Two 48-volt lithium-iron-phosphate batteries provide power to four 1,000-watt hub motors, one in each wheel
Zoomability is now in the process of launching a network of independent US sales reps, selling vehicles directly to the general public
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Zoomability is now in the process of launching a network of independent US sales reps, selling vehicles directly to the general public
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Just because you have difficulty walking doesn't mean that you should be limited to the smooth sidewalks and asphalt paths of the world ... at least, not according to folks at Sweden's Zoomability. Their Zoom 4-wheel drive electric vehicle can be operated entirely by hand, allowing people with limited mobility – or anyone else – to get in some off-road action.

The vehicle has a unique steel frame design, that keeps all four aluminum wheels in contact with the ground at all times. Those wheels are clad in 16 x 2.5-inch pneumatic all-terrain tires and feature hydraulic disc brakes.

Two 48-volt lithium-iron-phosphate batteries provide power to four 1,000-watt hub motors, one in each wheel. This results in a combined torque of approximately 120 Nm (88.5 ft lb) and a top speed of 12 mph (19 km/h), which can be reached in under two seconds.

Charging takes from two to four hours, with a full charge providing a range of 25 to 35 miles (40 to 56 km) depending on use.

The Zoom in its element (Photo: Peter Venema)
The Zoom in its element (Photo: Peter Venema)

The vehicle tips the scales at 150 lb (68 kg), and can accommodate riders weighing up to 220 lb (100 kg). It has a tire-center-to-tire-center track width of 26 inches (66 cm) and a ground clearance of 7 inches (178 mm).

The Zoom has actually been sold in Sweden, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland and Germany for about three years now. It has also been available to wounded US Army veterans via the The Independence Fund, although Zoomability is now in the process of launching a network of independent US sales reps, selling vehicles directly to the general public. The company also plans on expanding into other markets in the next couple of years.

Other powered off-road "wheelchairs" include the HexHog, UNiMO, Tomahawk and Ziesel, although they're all considerably more tank-like than the Zoom.

Prospective buyers can locate the closest agent by contacting the company via the first link below. The Zoom is priced at US$12,000, and can be seen in action in the following video.

Source: Zoomability via Veicoli Elettrici News

Zoomcamp Experience

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LikelyLad
$12,000!!! If I ordered all the bits from their spare parts store, would it all come to $12,000? I don't think it would, would it? Let's see: Front fork assembly (including handlebars) $1,000 Four wheels assembly $1,000 Bucket seat $50 Footrest plate $25 Charge-pack and motor $9,925? I don't think so. Someone's mathematics is wrong, and I don't think it's mine.
Kysa
I always find it amusing that people tally up the price of components and determine that they can make it cheaper. It's not the components it's the idea. If you had it first and went to the trouble of filing patents, trademarks, designing or hiring designers, than prototyping and testing... you'd want to make a profit too in the end... it's a business not a charity.
Germano Pecoraro Designer
Good!
Warren Marts
This is interesting as it has very much the footprint of a wheelchair, rather than being sized as a vehicle, which the other referenced machines are.
They've produced several hundred of these, so it is a mature sort of design.
Sagraia
Very good - The Uk can match this with the 'Tramper' which has been around for a long time. One was driven up Snowdon with spare batteries towed in a trailer so it's off road credentials are pretty good