Current Aim: Disabled Motor Vehicle
Estimated Amount: £20,000
In 1999 Rachel and Ian purchased a Renault Kangoo which had been converted into a disabled
motor vehicle. The 'wagon' has served the whole family well over the years.
The vehicle now has 150,000 miles on the clock and is slowly coming to the end of its life.
A new vehicle is needed, not only to replace the current one, but to utilise the latest engineering
techniques and technologies that are available for disabled motor vehicles.
There are two possible plans: purchase an already converted vehicle; or purchase a standard
van and convert it into a disbled vehicle. Vehicles along the lines of a Mercedes Vito are
currently in scope.
Some of the early ideas for the vehicle modifications are as follows:
- Internal Clearing - removal of any rear seats or other elements that fill the rear of the vehicle.
- Hydrolic Rear Suspension - this will allow the rear of the vehicle to be lowered and raised
for wheelchair access.
- Automated Ramp - linked explicitly to the suspension a ramp will lower and raise for the wheelchair
to be able to embark and alight the vehicle safetly.
- Reinforced Flooring - a large area of strong flooring that is capable of holding a large electric
wheelchar, its occupant, and any other items that may be transported.
- Internal Hoist Mechanism - a ceiling hoist that would transport the wheelchair occupier from the
wheelchair located in the rear of the vehicle to another seat; possibly the front seat.