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    An electric van for us?

    I believe this has been mentioned in earlier threads. I saw one in the parking lot near my docs office the other day. It looks like it has good potential for wheelchair adaption. I believe it costs about $57k very pricey.


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    Looks good but I would worry about the amount of juice it would suck up kneeling down,lowering and raising a ramp, moving a seat back and forth to transfer on. I suppose you could have a separate battery charged for that and one for the van.
    It would be nice however to have a Electric alternative.

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    $57K before conversion costs (ramp, tiedown, door opener). But, for many it may not need to have the floor lowered which adds $$$ and weight, a factor in diminished load capacity when the battery packs are heavy. Actually because of the location of the battery packs, I doubt the floor could be lowered with out working out an alternative placement (probably inside the van) Hmmm...Very Pricey indeed.

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    I think it has potential for a regular lift, rather than a ramp. Possibly something like the Ricon Uni-liteI have in my full-sized van. I think they are more reliable than the fully auto ramps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    I think it has potential for a regular lift, rather than a ramp. Possibly something like the Ricon Uni-liteI have in my full-sized van. I think they are more reliable than the fully auto ramps.
    Haven't had a full size van for 20+ years because parking in a garage structure over 6'8" is still a difficulty (old infrastructure doesn't go away easily, no matter what the ADA compliance date). I have had ramps in three mini van configurations and have found them all very satisfactory. I must say about my 1983 Ford Econoline (my first and only full sized van) I really liked the "Golden Boy" rotary lift. I could park in a full sized parking spot and exit the van easily (do they even stripe parking lots with full sized spots today...most every striping is for COMPACT). I just don't like the height, width, bulk of a full sized van. My latest van is a Honda...one great vehicle, the best so far...bar none!!!

    All the best,
    GJ

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