The Kenguru wheelchair electric car is made by Community Cars Inc. The neighborhood electric car allows rear access for wheelchair occupants. The wheelchair serves as the drivers seat, with driving controls located for chair access. Great idea.
The car itself is an NEV. Top speed is around 45km/30 mph. Range is estimated at from 40 to 70 miles on a charge. That should be plenty for around town errands.
The Kenguru is powered by two - 2kW motors powering the rear wheels. The battery pack is a Li-Ion 48 volt system
The Kenguru originates in Hungary, where it is distributed free of charge. It was made in China and still appears to be distributed through Alibaba.com.
The concept has been adopted stateside by Stacy Zoern, a wheelchair driver in need of a new rig. She has managed to raise the cash to form a startup manufacturer called Community Cars. The goal is to produce 1,200 cars per year.
Production has been moved stateside as well, to the Central Texas town of Pflugerville with lots of local support. The cars still look the same. Retail ready to drive is $25,000. This is around half the cost of a full size wheelchair accessible van.
The Texas made Kenguru Wheelchair Car - $25,000 out the door.
The Original and Texas Versions
The Kenguru to the left has been traditionally been made in China The Texas version retains the same design. A great idea wherever made.