CleanTechnica reported yesterday that a Hungarian company (name not released) is set to launch the Kengura, an electric-powered car designed specifically for wheelchair users. The car weighs 600 pounds and can run up to 30 miles per charge, topping off at a speed of 30mph. Technically considered a scooter, drivers do not need a license to operate the vehicle, which is small enough to ride up wheelchair ramps.
In order to accommodate wheelchairs, the Kengura opens up its hatchback out of which a small ramp is lowered so that the driver can wheel right up into the vehicle. Technology within the Kengura does not allow for the engine to start until the wheelchair is positioned properly and locked in safely. In order to operate the Kengura, drivers can control the steering from their wheelchairs via a motorcycle-style handlebar.
Kengura supporters anticipate that the vehicle will especially help those in wheelchairs with their everyday errands, getting to work and in being able to meet friends and family. The Hungarian company behind production has been assisting those with disabilities since 1915 and hope to make the Kengura available in the UK soon.
For more information, visit: www.kenguracars.com