Invacare UK’s parent company has unleashed the much-anticipated e-motion (M25), marking a significant upgrade on the manual wheelchair power assist device it first introduced 12 years ago.
The e-motion M25 created by electromobility subsidiary Alber is a push rim activated device that features wheels with a powerful in-hub motor and lithium ion batteries.
It is an upgrade from the e-motion (M15), which has been supplied in the market since 2008, and features major improvements in terms of strength, speed, weight and connectivity.
The launch is the second in less than a year as the organisation looks to strengthen its comprehensive portfolio of power assist devices.
It has previously introduced the SMOOV one, Alber twion and e-fix in order to provide customers with as much choice as possible.
Sebastian Zitzler, director of Alber, said: “We started on our journey to create the next generation e-motion solution by listening to our customers. Universally, they told us they wanted a power assist device that was lighter and more powerful, and we are proud to deliver a unique and superior solution that will address their needs. We are confident that current and future customers will appreciate the improvements we’ve made.”
Improvements made to the motor and battery give the new e-motion 33% more power than its predecessor.
This extra power means the maximum user weight it can support has increased by 15%, up to 150kg.
The M25 can go up to 5.3mph, an improvement of 41% compared to the e-motion M15. In addition, the e-motion M25 has a range of up to 15.5 miles, giving most users a full day of activity.
Meanwhile, the weight per wheel has improved by 35%, from 10kg to 8kg per wheel.
The new e-motion M25 offers a smart phone app that opens the door to a variety of benefits, including cruise mode, which allows users to set the e-motion at a constant speed so they can just steer and brake as needed.
In addition, it features a unique assisted braking system when going downhill and a patented roll back delay feature.