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Exploring the Different Types of Wheelchair Conversions

Exploring the Different Types of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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A general expression used to describe many different types of wheelchair accessible vehicles which are often also referred as Mobility Vehicles, Wheelchair Adapted Vehicles, Wheelchair Access Cars and Disabled Cars depending on the converter and vehicle marketplace.

Wheelchair Accessible Passenger Vehicles

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The most commonly aquired type of accessible vehicle, primarily adapted so that a wheelchair passenger or passengers can access the vehicle whilst remaining seated in their wheelchair and then travel safely and securely as a passenger still sitting in their wheelchair.iStock 000012167245Large


 Mobility Cars and Disabled Cars

Very often confused with “ Motability” Car, a Mobility Car or Vehicle is simply another commonly used expression to describe a vehicle adapted for the benefit of a person with a physical disability, either wheelchair accessible or adapted in some other manner. Some marketplaces such as Ebay Motors use the expression "disabled cars" to catergorize there wheelchair adapted vehicle listings.




Drive from Wheelchair Vehicle Floorplan 324 GIF

A drive from wheelchair vehicle is a car, van or MPV that has been comprehensively adapted to allow a disabled wheelchair user to independently access the vehicle and then drive the vehicle with the benefit of specialist adaptations whilst seated safely and securely in their wheelchair.




Wheelchair Driver Transfer VehiclesFloorplan 411 GIF

Similar in concept to drive from wheelchair vehicles, transfer vehicles are designed in a similar fashion to afford independent travel for wheelchair users who are able to transfer from their wheelchair to either the standard driver’s seat or more commonly to a mechanised seat that can move backwards and forwards, rotate and rise and fall.




Up-front Wheelchair Passenger VehiclesFloorplan 450 GIF

Less common and typically more expensive than standard wheelchair accessible vehicles because of the additional cost of modifying the vehicle to allow the wheelchair passenger to sit adjacent to the driver.

Some Up-front wheelchair passenger vehicles also have the ability for the passenger to change position with the driver thus also serving as a “drive from wheelchair” vehicle.




Side-Entry Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Side-entry wheelchair accessible vehicles are designed with a ramp or lift on the side of the vehicle, allowing the wheelchair user to enter and exit through the side. These vehicles are typically larger vans or SUVs and offer more space for multiple passengers and equipment. Side-entry vehicles also offer more visibility for the wheelchair user while driving. However, they may be more expensive than rear-entry vehicles and may require more space for parking and maneuvering. It's important to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing between rear-entry and side-entry wheelchair accessible vehicles.


 Side entry floor plan



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Over the years Jubilee have built hundreds of specialist accessible vehicles, often designed and manufactured to meet the quite specific needs of individual wheelchair users.

We are still able to offer this unique service today for those requiring bespoke solutions. Please get in contact to discuss your Bespoke adaption requirements.


call us on 0121 502 2252




Jubilee Automotive Group are Europe's premier stockists of new and used adapted vehicles for mobility disabled passengers and drivers