Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

Video: MV-1, The 'First Mobility Vehicle', Launches Nationwide Tour

Follow Richard

MV-1 Wheelchair-Accessible Mobility Vehicle

MV-1 Wheelchair-Accessible Mobility Vehicle

Enlarge Photo

As July 4 approaches, it's probably a good idea for Americans to take a step back and consider what their country is really about. Freedom? Sure, but it's also about mobility: social, economic, and physical. For people with disabilities, that last one can be difficult to achieve, but the Miami, Florida-based Vehicle Production Group aims to change that with a new ride called the MV-1.

Over the years, we've seen a few nifty solutions to the problem of wheelchair access. More often than not, however, they've looked like afterthoughts -- occasionally elegant, but still afterthoughts. According to VPG, however, the MV-1:

"is not a converted van or other aftermarket product, which is generally more costly, not engineered for this purpose, and does not carry a factory warranty. Instead, the MV-1 is a vehicle that has been engineered, designed and built from the ground up to accommodate wheelchair accessibility and overall ease of entry and exit, as well as provide a comfortable ride."

The MV-1 began as the Standard Taxi, which was unveiled at the 2007 New York Auto Show. Since then, VPG has gathered a lot of feedback, moved its headquarters from Troy, Michigan to Miami (hey, follow the demographic, right?), reworked the ride, and renamed it the MV-1. The final product is fully ADA-compliant, with an access ramp rated to 1,200 pounds, a 36"-wide entry door, and room for six.

On the powertrain front, there are two options. The more common will be the 4.6-liter V8 Ford engine, but VPG does offer a somewhat surprising Compressed Natural Gas system as an alternative for the green-minded.

We haven't been invited on a test drive yet (hint hint), but VPG's website looks as good as many we've seen. Perhaps we'll get some up-close-and-personal time during the MV-1's nationwide tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia last weekend and continues through September. If not, we'll have to wait until the final quarter of 2010, when the MV-1 finally starts rolling onto lots (though distribution details have yet to be announced). Pricing for the base model will begin around $40,000, with tax credits available for CNG models.

Watch the two videos below for more info about the MV-1, and if your interest is piqued, check out VPG's full press release, which has more details about the tour.


* * * * *

The Vehicle Production Group Announces Public Debut of the First Factory-Built Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

THE MV-1 WHEELS ACROSS AMERICA TOUR to Visit 27 Cities

MIAMI, June 28 -- MIAMI, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For the more than 14 million Americans who must use wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers or other mobility devices, routine activities such as traveling in a vehicle present a significant obstacle in their daily lives. These individuals, as well as caregivers, paratransit fleet operators, and all consumers, will soon have an opportunity to experience the first factory-built wheelchair accessible vehicle, aptly named the MV-1 for the "first Mobility Vehicle." The MV-1 is not a converted van or other aftermarket product, which is generally more costly, not engineered for this purpose, and does not carry a factory warranty. Instead, the MV-1 is a vehicle that has been engineered, designed and built from the ground up to accommodate wheelchair accessibility and overall ease of entry and exit, as well as provide a comfortable ride.

The Vehicle Production Group (VPG), a new American car company and manufacturer of the MV-1, is launching a national road show, The MV-1 Wheels Across America Tour on June 28, in Philadelphia, to introduce the revolutionary MV-1. The tour will provide interested consumers with a hands-on experience, allowing them to interact with the MV-1 and VPG product specialists. The 27-city tour will make stops at rehabilitation centers, assisted living properties, hospitals, as well as retail outlets and lifestyle centers, through September.


Posted in:
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comment (1)
  1. Thank you! Your company "gets it". What I mean is that you really thought about it and got input from the end users to insure the TRUE usability. Your vehicle is a GOD send! Keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    Darwin C. Gilbert
    Alma, MI
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Advertisement
Take Us With You!
   
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.