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Design and development of solar power-assisted manual/electric wheelchair

Chi-Sheng Chien, MD, et al.

A solar powered electric wheelchair having the functions of both a manual wheelchair and an electric wheelchair is proposed. The design uses a manual wheelchair as the main frame and incorporates additional solar power and electric propulsion systems as auxiliary components. Moreover, the chair is fitted with a simple clutch mechanism to enable the user to switch at will between the manual and electric driving modes. Importantly, the chair is designed on a modular basis such that it can be rapidly disassembled and collapsed for transportation or storage purposes. The preliminary results showed that the travel range of the prototype wheelchair is extended by 26% compared with that of a conventional electric- powered chair.

Volume 51 Number 9, 2014
   Pages 1411 — 1426

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Chien C, Huang T, Liao T, Kuo T, Lee T. Design and development of solar power-assisted manual/electric wheelchair. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(9):1411–26.

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