First car built for people in wheelchairs hits Philadelphia

    The MV-1 was designed from the ground up for the task. Potential buyers say it’s a far better vehicle than retrofitting a van.


    By Aaron Moselle

    Local wheelchair users are getting the chance to test out a new car built from the ground up for people with disabilities.

    From the outside, the MV-1 looks like any other crossover vehicle. But a look inside reveals an interior big enough for any size scooter and an adjustable ramp integrated into the car floor.

    Johnesia McKenzie from Center City says she’s excited about the opportunity to purchase a car she doesn’t have to modify for wheelchair use.

    “They’re just so expensive and then with the van conversion you’re talking about at least another $20,000 added on to any vehicle that you’d want to purchase.”

    The MV-1’s manufacturer, Vehicle Production Group, says it starts at $40,000.

    McKenzie says she’s seriously considering the car, but will continue to rely on paratransit and public transportation until production starts.

    The MV-1 will be available to the public in November.

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