Just because someone has limited mobility, does that mean they should be limited to traversing smooth pavement? Not according to husband-and-wife team Zack and Cambry Nelson, who are now marketing their off-road motorized “wheelchair.”
Known as The Rig and made mainly from bicycle parts, the vehicle was initially developed by Zack to help Cambry take part in their outdoor adventures. It features an aluminum frame with detachable bumpers, a padded adjustable seat, a 1,000-watt e-bike motor linked to the rear axle by a chain drive, dual steering handles, front hydraulic disc brakes, plus 4-inch-wide fat bike tires on each of its four wheels. Front and the rear independent suspension is an optional extra, as is a second lithium battery for added range.
The whole thing measures 5 ft long, 32 inches wide, and 41 inches tall, and tips the scales at a claimed 120 lb. One charge of that battery should reportedly be good for a range of 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 km), depending on usage and rider weight.
It should be noted that the electronics are not waterproof, so the vehicle should only be used in dry conditions. And while it can’t accommodate a second passenger in the back, it does have a cargo-mounting system that allows gear such as camping supplies, a cooler or a conventional wheelchair to be brought along for the ride.
Pretty cool, right?