Adapted minivan

Minivan – modified for a person with high spinal cord injury

User on car ramp on the way into the car
User on car ramp on the way into the car

Description
The user drives a Chrysler minivan. The user sits in his electric wheelchair (Permobil) when he drives. The wheelchair is attached to the floor of the car (see associated tip). The floor of the car is lowered and there is a ramp on the side. The user operates the accelerator and brake with his left hand and steers with his right hand with a “mini wheel”. He shifts with a button system (shift panel) that is operated with a mouth stick (see associated tip).

Users comments
Other people can also drive the car by moving the car seat to the driver’s side and the user sits in the wheelchair, next to the driver.

Made by
Autoadapt, www.autoadapt.se (last checked March 2011)

Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency

This tip is from 2007

Driver's seat with modifications and seatbelt without user
Driver's seat with modifications and seatbelt without user
User sitting at the wheel
User sitting at the wheel

Related tips

Miniature wheel in adapted minivan
Miniature wheel in adapted minivan
Miniature wheel with attachment for arm and hand - a solution for driving for persons with high spinal cord injury.
Gearbox in adapted automatic car
Gearbox in adapted automatic car
Shifting the car's gears with a mouth stick – a solution for drivers with high spinal cord injuries.
Regulation of heat in modified minivan
Regulation of heat in modified minivan
Heat regulation in adapted car, operated with a mouth stick.
Wheelchair attachment in adapted minivan
Wheelchair attachment in adapted minivan
Wheelchair attachment for persons who drive while sitting in an electric wheelchair.
Modified garage
Modified garage
Modified garage for a person who drives a minivan equipped with a ramp on the side.
Cruise control in adapted minivan
Cruise control in adapted minivan
Use of elbow to operate cruise control – a possibility for persons with high spinal cord injuries.
Seatbelt in adapted minivan
Seatbelt in adapted minivan
Permanently fastened seatbelt – a solution for persons who cannot fasten the seatbelt without assistance and who drive while sitting in the wheelchair.
Turn signal and headlight controls in adapted minivan
Turn signal and headlight controls in adapted minivan
The controls for driving the car are placed in the wheelchair headrest – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive.
Accelerator and brake controls in adapted minivan
Accelerator and brake controls in adapted minivan
A person with a high spinal cord injury can operate adapted accelerator and brake controls by fixing his or her hand in place.
Custom modifications to adapted minivan
Custom modifications to adapted minivan
Functions for driving car in box with buttons – suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries who drive.

Tipsare: Anders

Anders lives together with his partner in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1989 and has a high spinal cord injury (C4-5). He has personal assistance.