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BraunAbility Uses Ford Explorer to Build First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV

BraunAbility has built the world’s first wheelchair-accessible sport utility vehicle (named the BraunAbility MXV) and it used the best-selling American SUV to do it: the Ford Explorer.

The Indiana-based company is a world leader in automotive mobility products, including wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts for consumer, commercial, and taxi markets. Founder Ralph Braun was honored as a champion of change by President Barack Obama in 2012.

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The BraunAbility MXV provides enough interior space to fit the most common power wheelchair models and the 56-inch cabin height offers a spacious interior for a comfortable ride. Getting in is easy thanks to innovative sliding-door technology and a lighted, in-floor ramp.

Before making all the modifications, BraunAbility needed to pick the SUV best suited to its needs. “For our first-ever wheelchair-accessible SUV, it was important we worked with the best,” said Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO. “We wanted to create a vehicle that personifies freedom and independence, and the Ford Explorer provides the ultimate base to achieve that.”

Even if you don’t need the extra mobility convenience, we guarantee the Ford Explorer will still accomplish everything you expect from an SUV. Come test drive one at Pegues Hurst Ford!


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