BraunAbility, Tripod Mobility Announce Collaboration on Ford Transit Connect

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Two leading mobility manufacturers enter into global collaboration to engineer an accessible Ford Transit Connect.

Tripod Mobility, the European innovator for wheelchair accessibility, has joined forces with BraunAbility, the North-American market leader in mobility. The two manufacturers have collaborated to engineer a wheelchair accessible Ford Transit Connect that meets the standards and requirements of European, North American and other global markets.

BraunAbility and Tripod Mobility, an authorized Ford vehicle modifier, were a natural fit for an engineering collaboration. Both companies are highly experienced in mobility and are true innovators of vehicle solutions for wheelchair users.

“Ford’s Transit Connect is an example of a global vehicle platform, engineered to meet the requirements of customers around the world,” says Jim Probst, Director of Product Portfolio Management at BraunAbility. “We have followed Ford’s lead by partnering with Tripod to develop a conversion package that is fit for global markets.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to engage in a technical collaboration with BraunAbility,” says Hans Nieuwenhuis, Tripod’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Both organizations draw on decades of engineering experience to create an accessible Transit Connect that meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements in Europe and the Americas.”

The all-new accessible Transit Connect concept was debuted on September 24, 2014 at REHACARE International Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany. REHACARE is the most important trade show worldwide for the rehabilitation, care and inclusion of people with physical disabilities in society.


BraunAbility is the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts in the mobility industry. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ralph Braun, the corporation was built on the age-old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Ralph Braun was a young man who used a wheelchair and had no reliable transportation to and from his place of work. He built his first wheelchair accessible vehicle in 1972, and since then the company has grown into the most well-known and experienced name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to tens of thousands of individuals across the world.

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