Croatian Group Seeks Crowd Funding for Handicapped Electric Car
Absolute Design's EQUAL city electric car concept isn't the first EV designed for the handicapped. The Kenguru has been on the market for several years now. It's nice to see the needs of this group are being addressed.
Like the Kenguru, wheelchair entry is through the rear. In their Indiegogo fund raising pitch, the group describes the electric vehicle's interior this way:
The interior is ergonomically designed with a disabled person in mind. The driving system consists of an adjustable steering wheel with a spinner knob for easier one-hand steering and of the Autoadapt Carospeed Menox, an intuitive hand control device that is used to accelerate or brake which has all the functions integrated in one place. Sides of the interior are designed carefully and with style in mind; with rails and handles that the person uses to enter and exit the car. Also there are places, easily accessible, for placing things like small bags, backpacks, etc.
According to the spec sheet graphic below, the EQUAL's regulation-controlled stop speed is 50 km/h (32 mph) in order to qualify in Europe as a L7eEU quadracycle. Range is estimated at 80-100 km (50-62 miles).
The Croatian design group doesn't indicate how much the EV will cost, but they are looking to raise $150,000 over the next two months.
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