The safe and durable design of the MV-1 makes it ideal for commercial applications. From taxi and paratransit to school transportation and nursing homes, transit agencies rely on the MV-1 as a practical and cost-effective solution.
In the past, if you needed a wheelchair-accessible vehicle you had to start with a completed minivan, cut it apart, put it back together and hope for the best. The result was an after-market vehicle with questionable durability and passenger safety concerns. Enter the MV-1, a completely new concept that has been a long time coming: build a wheelchair accessible vehicle from the ground up that is designed for commercial fleet use. Take a tour of the Mobility Ventures MV-1 and see how we’re revolutionizing passenger safety in accessible fleet transportation.
Revolutionizing Passenger Safety
The MV-1 represents a revolution in accessible vehicle design. And nowhere is that clearer than when you consider passenger safety. Typical rear-entry minivan conversions place passengers at risk, forcing them to ride in an undignified position in the rear luggage area. The floor is at an angle, and the position directly above the rear axle gives a jarring ride.
By contrast, the MV-1 allows wheelchair users to ride safely in the front with dignity, and the ride is much more comfortable and stable between the vehicle's axles. Further, the MV-1's side-entry ramp allows boarding from the safety of the curb. Rear-entry minivan conversions require wheelchair users to enter traffic out in the street to access the ramp.
A True Commercial Vehicle
It's a fact: commercial vehicles carry more payload, more frequently, than a typical vehicle. When you add up the weight of passengers and luggage, then add the weight of a heavy power wheelchair on top of that, you need a vehicle built to handle it. A look at payloads and a comparison of Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) by-the-numbers reveals the truth:
Even with one less ambulatory passenger, the GVWR of the minivan is exceeded. This will put undue stress on the vehicle as it is put into typical commercial service, drastically reducing the performance and ultimately the life span of the vehicle.
The MV-1 is as durable as it is accessible. The vehicle was designed with input from the disabled community, fleet owners and fleet drivers. It was then tested relentlessly on the road and at the test track in some of the most brutal conditions we could create. Beyond drivability, the MV-1’s strong architectural structure and robust design can help lower fleet operating costs by increasing durability and long-term dependability. This makes it the perfect accessible solution for paratransit, fleet, taxi and other commercial applications. Take the MV-1 for a spin on the AM General Test Track in the video below - the difference between a vehicle that is built for the purpose rather than converted for it will be clear:
The Bottom Line
Minivans are under-sized vehicles that are not designed to handle the payloads common in daily real-world transit use. The MV-1 was built for the pupose of transporting wheelchair users comfortably, cost-effectively and most importantly, safely. It’s time to look to the future and choose a vehicle that can withstand the rigors of transit environments. It's time for the MV-1.