(PRWEB) May 19, 2011
The new Impulse, which enables people to drive from their own powered wheelchair has been developed by leading specialist vehicle manufacturer, Allied Mobility.
In addition to the drive from element of the Impulse, wheelchair users can travel as an upfront passenger without transferring to the passenger seat, Impulse can even take two wheelchairs in the upfront position, and it is this flexibility which makes Impulse unique.
Drive From Market
The market for drive from vehicles like Impulse is set to grow throughout 2011 with the Motability Scheme aiming to increase the number of drive from wheelchair accessible vehicles delivered to participants in the scheme from 286 in 2009/2010 to 350 in 2010/2011.
Allied Mobility sales director Peter Facenna comments: “we are seeing a growth in demand from people who want to be able to drive from their own wheelchairs and so we are excited that Impulse is now ready. Initial response to the vehicle is very encouraging so we are hoping for big things to come.
“Allied Mobility is already the largest supplier of wheelchair accessible vehicles to the UK Motability Scheme and we need to always be looking for new ways to offer more. Impulse does just that.”
What’s Special About Impulse?
Peter continues, “Wheelchair accessible vehicles have come a long way in recent years. By combining our expertise in converting vehicles, and working with the Motability Scheme, we have managed to bring down the price of wheelchair cars making them much more accessible for everyone.
“What we have done with Impulse is to look at what is stopping wheelchair users from driving on their own. So Impulse includes innovations like an automatic ramp and tailgate which may sound simple, but takes away the need for a wheelchair user to always have someone to help them in and out of their vehicle.
“The automatic tailgate and ramp lets you drive into the car unaided, and the addition of simple locking station can then hold your chair for the duration of the journey. When you think that all you could need after this is a few adaptations or hand controls to get you on the road independently it’s an exciting prospect.”
Peter comments, “We’re seeing more and more customers who want to drive themselves or travel upfront beside the driver, Impulse gives you this option without needing to trade up to a larger vehicle. The fact that Impulse lets you travel upfront from the comfort of your own wheelchair is bound to be a plus point.”
Flexibility is Key
For others who are able to transfer, internal transfer can be safer and more comfortable than cumbersome external transfers, especially in bad weather. Impulse comes with a driver and front passenger seat included, both of which can be taken out, and easily put back in again when needed. The flat floor within Impulse is ideal for people who prefer to enter the vehicle in their wheelchair and then transfer to the driver’s seat for their journey.
“Impulse is compact which makes it cheaper to run and easier to park, but surprisingly it still has room for two wheelchairs up front,” Peter continues, “This makes Impulse a great option for families, or couples, where two people are wheelchair users. As a powerchair user, wouldn’t it be great to be able to drive where you want, when you want, with your partner or friend alongside you in their wheelchair?”
For more information on Allied Mobility or the Impulse, simply click mobility car here or call 0800 916 3018. Impulse is available now from Allied Mobility through the Motability Scheme with advance payments from only £6995.