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I’m due to change car very soon (extended till March) and I’d really like to get an electric car.
I currently have a Golf, and I have a mobility scooter that I use for long distances. I don’t use it very often as it’s quite heavy to lift (I need somebody with me to help), I would be too tired to lift the battery/motor back in at the end of the working day. This means that day-to-day I don’t really go very far, I just park near where I need to be and walk short distances.
I’m thinking of buying something like a TGA Whill C2. So I’ll need a slightly bigger car than the Golf, preferably with a hoist inside to help me lift it up/down (so that I can do it on my own).
I’ve been looking at electric cars, but I emailed my local vehicle adaptation specialist, and they said that none of the cars I was looking at currently have hoists available because the manufacturers hadn’t been able to design/assess frames and carry out safety tests. Also they suggested that I should be looking at MPVs.
Below are the cars I enquired about. Only ID4 is on Motability – I’ve been looking at either buying the car personally or using a lease (such as a maintained AA Smart Lease). Some deals aren’t too far off Motability when I factor everything in – comparing the money lost over 3 years, I would spend about £7200 on a downpayment/options on a Motability VW ID4, but “only” effectively lose about £10000-14000 on an Ioniq 5 lease over 3 years (including insurance). I know this sounds extravagant, but I’m trying to consider all options, possibly keeping the car for longer than 3 years.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Audi Q4 E-Tron
Tesla Model 3
All I really need is something slightly bigger than the Golf. I don’t really want to go to for an MPV (especially not a petrol MPV). It seems like the ID4/Ioniq5 would be the ideal size for when I have somebody with me to help lift the wheelchair, but I’d rather be able to do it independently. I’d be happy to buy a different wheelchair if it could be separated into lighter parts that I could lift myself. It seems when I look for a light wheelchair, the wheelchair itself is lighter, but it doesn’t break into liftable sections – I’m looking for something that has a heaviest component of around 10kg.
Can anybody suggest a solution? Do you know of electric cars that could have a hoist fitted? Or maybe there’s a lighter wheelchair I could consider?