Battery-powered electric wheelchairs are helping many disabled people to achieve greater mobility and increased independence from helpers. A key design challenge is that they tend to be much heavier than manual wheelchairs, as the frame has to support the motors and a battery.
This can make the wheelchair more difficult to handle when stowing it in a car, aircraft or public transport. So any development that helps to save weight, such as Saft lightweight batteries, is a vital factor for wheelchair designers.
Saft’s VH range of Ni-MH batteries ideally the key requirements for electric wheelchairs.