As a woman with a disability who has used a power wheelchair for most her life, Stacy Zoern helped to found Kenguru, Inc. because she knows first hand that the KENGURU is a life changer. Imagine you can’t jump into a car quickly when it is raining, are unable to ride a bike, and most public transportation is not accessible to you? Transportation is a huge obstacle for people who use wheelchairs. It is often time consuming, physically difficult, expensive, or just unavailable. This results in a disconnect from the community, an inability to work, and a lower quality of life. Do you take transportation for granted? Can you imagine having to depend on someone every time you wanted to leave your house? If you want to use your investment dollars to help us bring an affordable solution to market and grow a strong business, then please join our team!
Is a drivers license needed with the Kenguru?
Yes and there is a whole association focused on getting these for people with disabilities: http://www.driver-ed.org/custom/directory/
Is there funding assistance to help individuals purchase a Kenguru?
Yes. If a person can work or go to school in the KENGURU, they will be able to work with their local Vocational Rehabilitation office http://askjan.org/cgi-win/typequery.exe?902
We are not yet an approved vendor with these agencies, but will work with them individually as needed. There are also federal and state rebates offered for the purchase of a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (sometimes also called a Low Speed Electric Vehicle). A starting point can be found athttp://energytaxincentives.org/consumers/vehicles.php
What is the production status of the Kenguru?
We have built 35 vehicles and sold many of these to European distribution partners. The fit and finish did not have a final sale quality, but these prototypes prepared us to make the necessary changes for a production prototype. As soon as funds are raised, our assembly partner will get to work. We estimate first serial production in 12-18 months.
How big is the market?
There are an estimated 50 million people who use wheelchairs worldwide. We estimate 40% of these individuals have the physical and cognitive ability to drive the KENGURU.
What is the end user price and is it justified?
Depending on the steering apparatus (determined by severity of disability), the KENGURU will retail for $25,000-35,000. Stacy's power wheelchair cost $35,000. The van she once drove cost $80,000.
Will municipalities also be your customers?
Yes. Local governments are required by law to provide transportation to people with disabilities and often have a lot of flexibility in how to spend the allocated budget. It is more cost effective to purchase KENGURUS outright for people than to pay for limiting paratransit services provided by local transportation authorities. We have already been approached by such entities, pre-production.
Are you afraid of GM squeezing you out of the market?
No. This is a transporter for local communities, not a car. It is hand assembled, not manufactured with automated robots. The units are closer to 1,000 a year than 100,000 a year. This endeavor would never be profitable for a car giant.
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