UK-based equipment supplier, SunTech, is preparing to bring the latest version of its eFOLDi mobility scooter to Rehacare this month after it completed a successful call to investors.
SunTech secured £1m from 746 investors through a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, which has allowed it to further refine the design of the scooter to meet the needs of a growing customer base.
Founded by a father and daughter duo, SunTech created the eFOLDi Scooter in a bid to improve convenience, efficiency and quality of life for individuals with limited mobility.
The eFOLDi scooter is a compact, lightweight and versatile personal electric vehicle (PeV) and folds from a wheeled suitcase shape to a comfortable chair to a mobility scooter.
SunTech is showcasing its products at Rehacare in a bid to “develop its position as a global manufacturer, build relationships with key international distributors and clients and to better understand the needs of [its] global market through conversations within [its] evolving industry – rehabilitation”.
The eFOLDi is the brain child of inventor Jianmin Wang who “sketched up” the idea from his hospital bed after badly breaking his leg and becoming disabled.
The product was born out of the frustrations suffered by Mr Wang, who has over 600 inventions to his name, and his determination not to become housebound.
Frustrated with shopping for mobility scooters that were either too heavy, too clunky or too old-fashioned he created a product that was designed to “incorporate freedom, fashion and fun into the world of mobility scooters”.
Co-inventor and daughter of Jianmin Wang, Sumi Wang, said: “Like all the best ideas, it wasn’t supposed to change the world – it was supposed to solve a problem, and it has.
“Our whole world changed when my father became disabled but he wasn’t about to sit back and accept it. Instead he put his inventing skills into practice and created a product capable of getting him from A to B whilst keeping his freedom intact.
“I myself have also suffered with poor health, four years ago I started suffering from chronic vertigo and had to give up my successful career to undergo two years of hospital visits and a series of painful operations.
“Both me and my father know how limiting life can be for people with mobility challenges – this is why we are so passionate about helping others in similar situations – the eFOLDi Scooter and eFOLDi Power Chair really can change your life.
“Exhibiting at Rehacare is a great way to get our products out there and in front of the people it can actually help, as well as international distributors.
“Our research and testing has found that our products particularly help people with limited mobility, do normal, everyday things such as exploring shopping centres and holiday resorts. The fact that our products are lightweight and compact means they can be easily transported and are very efficient to take on holiday.”