A mobility scooter and an electric wheelchair both perform the same function. For those with reduced mobility, these vehicles enable them to travel with ease and help them embrace the freedom they can have.
However, they do have their differences, so it’s important to highlight these in order to help you make the right decision. Let’s take a closer look at mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs to guide you towards the best solution for you.
What is the Difference Between an Electric Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter?
Level of Comfort
Although both vehicles have been designed with the user in mind, mobility scooters are slightly less customisable which leads to less comfort – that’s not to say they’re uncomfortable though! East Coast Mobility’s mobility scooters have full suspension systems and luxurious seating which aid comfort for every user.
Electric wheelchairs, also known as powerchairs, have more customisable options and accessories to choose from which enhance their comfort. This includes the ability to adjust the height, footrest, back and headrest.
Method of Control
Powerchairs are most commonly controlled using a joystick that is connected to either the right or the left arm of the vehicle. Mobility scooters are most commonly controlled using handlebars and the electrics that control the scooter are housed in the tiller.
Mobility scooters have a higher weight capacity than mobility wheelchairs. Due to their stronger and more durable framework, they are considered as heavy duty. Whereas, although mobility chairs do have a wide range of weight capacity, they have a lightweight material framework overall which makes them less supportive for larger weights.
Battery & Mileage
Typical powerchairs will offer mileage of up to 18 miles on a single charge. Typical mobility scooters will offer mileage of up to 40 miles on a single charge. As mentioned above, even though they have both been designed for the same purpose, mobility scooters are more suited to longer journeys which impacts the battery life and mileage.
How to Choose Between an Electric Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter
To make the decision whether you should choose a mobility scooter or powerchair, you must take a number of things into consideration:
- Usage requirements
- Storage requirements
- Ease of travel
- Ease of operation
You must assess all your needs in order to find the perfect fit for your mobility requirements. For example, will you be using your vehicle both inside and outside? If so, electric wheelchairs are the best option as they can be easily operated both inside and outside. A mobility scooter is the best option if you only need it for outdoor journeys. Also, when thinking about your journeys, will you need your vehicle for the majority of the day or will you use it intermittently?
Remember to think about your physical capabilities as you will still need this to operate both vehicles. More upper body strength is needed for mobility scooters, however operating a joystick may prove to be difficult and complicated to understand. If you need to transport your vehicle to and from public transport or using a car, will you be able to easily do so?
Visit East Coast Mobility’s Showroom
One of the best ways you can decide is by visiting our showroom. There, you will be able to receive first-hand experience and guidance on whether a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair would be the best fit for you.
Our friendly team will be able to ask you all the necessary questions to determine which vehicle would fit your specific needs and you will be able to ask them any questions you may have too. We are always more than happy to help here are East Coast Mobility – Get in touch with us today.