For many with mobility issues, a new year means a new mobility solution. Maybe for you, it’s a wheelchair or even a brand new wheelchair accessible vehicle.
The fact that so many people rely on mobility resources on a yearly basis has led many to conduct research into SUV and cross-over vehicle trends when it comes to accessibility. As such, BraunAbility has recently worked with Schmidt Motorsports to create a new concept vehicle that was revealed to the public in 2015.
The BraunAbility MXV is a great example of just how much testing and engineering goes into a wheelchair accessible vehicle. To further exemplify this, consider that the concept itself was introduced in 2013 and the model is still not quite assembly line ready.
One of the features that always has to be considered when creating accessible vehicles is ensuring that the customer has numerous options—not just in their accessibility choices but in comfort and style as well. Additionally, the needs of all other passengers also have to be considered.
The BraunAbility MXV represents a shift in the industry, showing that an entirely new side of the mobility market is on the rise. Sliding double doors and automatic raising and lowering of the body are just a few of the convenient and modern features customers will enjoy. Inspired by soldiers returning home with critical injuries, this new accessible model also offers customers convenient options like an accessible driver's area to allow for easy entry and exit.
So if you need proof that wheelchair accessible vehicles continue to evolve, look no further than the Ford Explorer MXV conversion.
Highlights of the BraunAbility MXV include:
- Lowered-floor design to increase interior height.
- Automatic power gliding door.
- An electric kneeling system to reduce ramp angle for easy wheelchair accesss.
- Power glide door feature integrated with factory key fob.
- Adjustable sliding gear lever.
- Removable driver and passenger seating.
- Integrated LED ramp lighting system.
- Integrated towing package.
Check out the vehicle in action: