SMART DRIVE FOR WHEEL­CHAIRS

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

U.S. com­pany Smart-Drive has launched the MX2 wheel­chair drive that bolts to any size wheel­chair to pro­pel it at vary­ing speeds. Ex­pected to re­tail for $6 000 (around R84 000), the MX2 is not cheap. The money does buy a 250 W brush­less DC mo­tor com­bined with a 36 Volt, 3,4 Ah bat­tery that is good for 19 km of av­er­age range that is durable enough to jump off kerbs. A hill-holder func­tion keeps the chair in place. To speed up, the rider pushes the chair’s wheels faster, and slows them to brake the wheels.

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