Electric wheelchairs can be pretty heavy and bulky, requiring vans with ramps or other vehicles to take them where the user wants to wheel around. There’s a substantial cost and hassle associated with this, but there’s a new wheelchair that’s about to hit the market that can fit into a car trunk.
The Zinger wheelchair weighs only 38 pounds, including the 6.6 amp-hour lithium ion battery. It can go about eight miles on a charge at 6 mph (10 km/h) and has a tight turning radius. Unlike most other wheelchairs, it comes with tank-like controls with levers on each side of the seat to control that side’s wheels. The Zinger comes fully assembled and easily unfolds from a flat position. Folding it back allows you to throw it in the boot and be on your way. It’s scheduled to be available later this year, but will be marketed not as a medical device, but for “comfort and enjoyment,” according to the company.
Here’s a great video showing off the capabilities of the Zinger:
Product page: Zinger…
(hat tip: Gizmag)