Chairiot Solo – $18,995 Electric Vehicle For Wheelchair Users

APR 9 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 13

Chairiot Solo

Chairiot Solo

People who are physically disabled now have a solution that is not only environmentally friendly, but can enable wheelchair users to move about freely, confidently, and become non-reliant on others for transportation.

RearView_ReganInsideSM

Picture showing easy access into the Chairiot Solo.

This is achieved by production of an electric vehicle specifically for wheelchair users called the Chairiot Solo.  Chairiot Solo has an MSRP of $18,995.

This vehicle has a range of 50 miles on a single charge and can be charged from a 110v outlet in 6-8 hours.  With a top speed of 25 miles per hour (35 mph in some states and local jurisdictions), it can easily get users to their destination as needed.  The top speed actually exceeds the average speed in urban areas in the US, which  is 24 mph.

The vehicle meets US DOT safety standards as a low-speed vehicle under FMVSS 571.500.

From rolling in to driving off takes 40 seconds or less by an electronically operated rear hatch via a wireless key fob and a ramp that automatically adjusts for the ground or a curb exit.

Upon rolling in, the wheelchair is than locked in place by a special bracket for the wheelchair and rugged floor docks.  The driver is secured by a 3-Point seat belt.

The vehicle has lots to offer in its standard equipment like:

  • Power operated windows and mirrors.
  • Complete lighting package for nighttime use.
  • High quality stereo system that can connect via USB.

The Chariot Solo made its very first debut at the Los Angeles Abilities Expo and the reactions were very positive.

Chariot Mobility Inc. CEO Ralph Megna stated

“The reaction at the Abilities Expo was positive and overwhelming. Thousands of people came by our booth during the three days of the event and we frequently heard the words amazing, awesome, cute and cool.”

“Our goal is to deliver an affordable vehicle that will serve the daily needs of many wheelchair users. The Chairiot solo gives them convenience, freedom and independence without having to constantly rely on others for local transportation.”

The first deliveries will be in the spring of 2014.

Chairiot-blue-s

Chairiot Solo

Categories: General

Tags:

Leave a Reply

13 Comments on "Chairiot Solo – $18,995 Electric Vehicle For Wheelchair Users"

newest oldest most voted
KenZ

This is the coolest thing ever. I love this.

QCO

It’s a cool concept, but pricey for an NEV (neighborhood electric vehicle) compliant vehicle with an extra back door.

It’s still an NEV with the same restrictions on road usage that severely limits the utility value from practical perspective.

Put this concept on a road capable vehicle and then it would be very impressive, and more appealing to the intended users.

Jesse Gurr

A clone for the Kenguru?

offib

I was thinking of the exact same thing! Does this have anything to do with Kenguru?

Similar concept to Kenguru, but many differences:

– Steering wheel (vs handlebar)
– Integrated throttle/brake control (vs separate brake and throttle levers)
– Dual 3kW hub motors (vs 2 kW belt drive)
– On-board charger (vs external charger)
– Electric side windows (vs. sliding vent windows)
– Rear back-up sensors (vs… nothing)
– Larger passenger compartment
– $18,995 (vs $25,000)
– Three year warranty (vs one year warranty)
– Shipping NOW (vs sometime, maybe, in 2015)

Great concept….but it needs a little higher speed for in town driving. 25 MPH is too slow for most city streets even in small towns.

In some states/jurisdictions it is allowed to go 35 mph; the car is capable of 40 mph.

We would love to do a freeway speed vehicle, but that is a 3-to-5 year project that would cost $100 million or more. Maybe one day…

QCO

Problem with NEVs (including this one) is that most states do not allow them to be operated on roads with speed limits exceeding 35 mph.

Since most neighborhoods are connected/surrounded by arterial roads with speed limits of 40 mph or more, the usefulness is severely limited. That’s why NEVs aren’t that popular.

Ralph Megna

Nearly a dozen states allow a car like the Chairiot to be used on roadways with a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph. And virtually every state allows an NEV to cross roads with higher posted speed limits.

But here is the part that your post completely misses: This is not a generic NEV. It has a specific target market – wheelchair users – whose transportation options have always been very limited and very expensive. We are not expecting to sell tens of thousands of them in the US, but for the people who do buy the Chairiot, it will provide unprecedented freedom at a fraction of the cost of a modified van.

The company should modify Spark EVs. Then the drivers could really expand their range and get there in a decent amount of time.

Great idea kdawg.
If I was wheelchair bound I’d love it.
You’d have the fastest wheel chair in town.

Amber Pierce

I love this concept because I live in a small town but the only issue that I have is the space, I understand that it is for here to there operation but I would still have to rely on others to accompany me if I wanted to grocery shop, or carry things with me other than my chair…other than that it is a beautiful idea!!!

Leslie W

Can someone in a power wheelchair use this car?