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August 03, 2007

Wheelchair Accessible AMKAR

Amkar_2 The new wheelchair accessible AMKAR is a conversion of the Global Electric Motorcars (owned by Daimler Chrysler). We checked out the Wheelchair Diffusion blog to get the lowdown: “This set of go wheels operates for pennies per day and has a driving range of up to 30 miles. It charges from any 110-volt outlet and can be juiced and fully charged in six to eight hours.

“The top end speed is 25 mph so this road bunny won’t be allowed on any streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or more. That’s a tough break for the suburban and rural wheeler but it should work out for city center cruisers.”

So hey, it doesn’t go that fast, but it’s definitely a 10 on the Cute Meter. It also has function, including a powered ramp, a wheelchair/scooter tie down system, an optional trunk, and push-pull hand controls. It can be driven by the wheeler or a driver’s seat can be snapped in to allow a TAB behind the wheel, and conventional controls are all there.

Here is the best part (we think): If you are thinking that AMKAR looks a tad small to accommodate a mobility scooter, well, you’re right but you’re wrong. There’s a neat solution for scooters. The scooter enters on the ramp but remains sideways in the vehicle. The scooter user rotates the scooter seat to face front and then ties down and hooks up to the driver harness/safety belt system, and you’re good to go.

Check out the full review at Wheelchair Diffusion and be sure to check out our event tomorrow in Second Life that benefits people with spinal cord disorders: “Let’s Race for a Cause!” Check out the info on the poster:


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