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    Kenguru, New Electric Car for People in Wheelchairs

    KenGuru??

    http://grist.org/living/kenguru-elec...ir-accessible/

    #2
    This is an old article. The company's website disappeared a while ago, and so I am guessing they have failed. One of the shortcomings of the Kenguru was that it was a Low Speed Vehicle, limited to about 25 mph. There just isn't a huge market for vehicles with this limitation and with the small size.
    C-6/7 incomplete

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      #3
      Anyone here use the MV-1? If so, how do you like it?

      http://mv1canada.com/purpose-built/
      Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

      T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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        #4
        Looks like the London black taxi design.

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          #5
          I love the look of it .. and the functionality .. could never afford one .. but the idiots didn't make it for drivers, just passengers in chairs!
          Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

          T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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            #6
            I know of two (MV-1s), but have driven neither. Both owners really like them.
            But yeah, I never realized they didn't do a wheeler driver version.
            Last edited by Mize; 5 Dec 2017, 1:15 AM.
            T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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              #7
              Well, too bad about the Kenguru. I have seen the MV-1 vehicles at the Abilities Expos recently. They look pretty cool but no HP driver vehicles and that ramp is about 8feet long! You would need two parking spots to have enough room to enter and exit the vehicle and you would also need a 2 car garage (with no other vehicle parked in the other side of the garage).

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                #8
                Most successful model was in the UK.



                http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/th...acar-model-70/

                http://www.friarsmotorcompany.co.uk/...-mobility-car/





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                  #9
                  Originally posted by smokey View Post
                  Well, too bad about the Kenguru. I have seen the MV-1 vehicles at the Abilities Expos recently. They look pretty cool but no HP driver vehicles and that ramp is about 8feet long! You would need two parking spots to have enough room to enter and exit the vehicle and you would also need a 2 car garage (with no other vehicle parked in the other side of the garage).
                  It didn't even dawn on me about the length of the ramp!
                  Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                  T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                    #10
                    Seen 2 of the MV-1s even in our rural Oklahoma area. Both, on different times, was at doctor clinics here. Never got to speak with folks in them. One saw them loading ramp manually. It looked like that was what the gentleman was doing after pushing elderly gentleman up it.
                    Is ramp a manual fold-up? Do they come with a powered ramp?

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                      #11
                      They advertise as 'deploy the ramp with the push of one button' so I imagine they are automatic? Not sure if remote or what.
                      Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                      T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                        #12
                        Was totally disappointed when we visited a local dealership that had one on display. The ramp was deployed by a button located within the inside of the door. No way one could reach it independently to retract ramp. Even if there were remote controls there's still the issue of getting up a steep, long ramp.
                        In short, it's a Transport Van.
                        I don't know if things have changed as this was about 3 years ago.

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                          #13
                          I understood that the MV1 was made in Canada, only because a Canadian car show that I watch did a segment on the vehicle several years ago. The consensus of the auto journalist was that while they applauded the concept and effort for this purpose built vehicle, the execution was disappointing. If I recall it was heavy, loud, didn't drive particularly well, materials and assembly were sub-par, high cost for what you got, etc... Essentially, if you were simply looking to get from point A to B and needed to transport some one in a wheelchair this might be a good option for you.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by MikeP2013 View Post
                            Seen 2 of the MV-1s even in our rural Oklahoma area. Both, on different times, was at doctor clinics here. Never got to speak with folks in them. One saw them loading ramp manually. It looked like that was what the gentleman was doing after pushing elderly gentleman up it. Is ramp a manual fold-up? Do they come with a powered ramp?
                            According to the website, the basic model (SE) comes only with a manual ramp, while the DX and LX models come with a power ramp.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                              Most successful model was in the UK.



                              Regarding the MV1, that thing is pretty much a taxi, or at least that is all it is used for in the Chicago area. Lots of them.

                              I recall someone posted here years ago that they ran into some sort of marketing person for the MV1 and talked with him. Apparently the marketing person was rather perplexed that someone in a wheelchair would actually be driving. Gives you an idea of where this vehicle is coming from...

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