This Simple Battery-Powered Car Will Change The Lives Of Drivers In Wheelchairs.
Independence is a core value most people take for granted. However, those with physical limitations face numerous challenges to live independently. This is especially apparent for folks unable to commute to school, work or the grocery store.
For Stacy Zoern, lawyer turned entrepreneur, this has been her life. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Zoern has been confined to a wheelchair. So when Istvan Kissaroslaki from Budapest, Hungary entered the picture, with a self-driving battery-operated car designed for people in wheelchairs, Zoern saw an incredible opportunity. Kissaroslaki’s car, the Kenguru, does not have any seats, can reach a top speed of 35mph, and gets up to 60 miles between charges.
When the Kenguru’s funding fell through, Zoern convinced the Kissaroslaki to move the business to Texas and managed to raise $4M from investors. Entrepreneur Magazine has named Zoern as one of their “2014 Brilliant 100” entrepreneurs.
The kenguru has a hatchback style.
People in wheelchairs no longer need to feel confined when it comes to commutes.
Zoern told Entrepreneur Magazine, “Every single day, I get e-mails from people who visit our website and say, ‘This is going to change my life. Thank you.’ That lightens my load. It’s a reminder of why I’m doing this.”
Kenguru means kangaroo in Hungarian.
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