The introduction of electronic cars marked a significant advancement in transportation, but we have yet to see one designed specifically for people with disabilities. Fortunately, one man came through with Kenguru (pronounced “kangaroo”), an electronic vehicle designed for wheelchair users by Istvan Kissaroslaki. It has been around for a while, but the gas-powered versions are prohibitively expensive, ranging between $40,000 and $100,000.
In comparison, prospective owners only need to pay $25,000 to drive a Kenguru. A Kenguru can only carry one person, but it is spacious and comfortable. To enter, simply press a button to cause the rear panel to lift and the ramp to extend. The car lacks a trunk for easy access, but I believe everyone will agree that it is a worthwhile trade-off.
This tiny electric vehicle is simple to operate. Instead of a steering wheel, the driver can control the vehicle using handlebars, similar to a motorcycle. Drivers can use these controls to accelerate and brake without using their feet. Kenguru also has a wheelchair-locking mechanism that prevents the vehicle from starting until the driver’s wheelchair is secured. In the video below, you can see the Kenguru in action.