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.