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Similarities & Differences Among the Different Types of Electric Mobility Scooters

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Electric mobility scooters are categorized based on their purpose, speed, battery capability and maneuverability.

Out of the many categorizations of electric mobility scooters, these two types of electric mobility scooters emerge as the most prominent: 3-wheeled type and the 4-wheeled type.

Here are the differences between the two:

  1. Maneuverability
    Compared to the 4-wheel model, the 3-wheel model is easier to maneuver. The 3-wheeled type is ideal for indoor use such as shopping in a store or similar environment like small rooms and narrow aisles. It is easy to turn in sharp corners with the 3-wheel type.
  2. Durability
    The three-wheel electric mobility scooters are not as durable compared to the 4-wheeled model.
  3. Affordability
    The 3-wheel type is cheaper compared to the 4-wheel version.
  4. Weight
    Based on the number of wheels itself, the one with the lesser wheels – the three-wheel model is more lightweight. As the 4-wheeled version has more weight, it can also accommodate users with more weight.
  5. Legroom
    The 3-wheel electric mobility scooters have more legroom in comparison with the four-wheel scooters.
  6. Speed
    The four-wheel electric mobility scooters operate at a higher speed compared to the three-wheel version.
  7. Portability
    As the 3-wheeled electric mobility scooters are lightweight, they are easy to transport as they can easily be assembled and disassembled.
  8. Terrain Adaptability
    The 4-wheeled electric mobility scooters are more adaptable in rough and rugged terrain; while the 3-wheeled version is more appropriate for smooth surfaces such as paved roads.

These two types of electric mobility scooters, however, share the following characteristics:

  1. Both provide people with total or partial walking disabilities (as a result of advanced age, physical injury or other limitations brought about by health related conditions) with an increased mobility range.
  2. Both have powered rear wheels and steerable front wheel.
  3. They have a general look of a tiny golf cart.
  4. These two types of electric mobility scooters conserve the users’ energy. More energy is spent with walking and other formsof assistive equipment compared to using electric mobility scooters.
  5. Both these mobility solutions are friendly to the environment as these walking aids do not leave behind noxious fumes, exhaust components and dripping fluids.
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