Back in the day, the best way to make an injury-induced wheelchair ride cooler was to either paint the chair or slaps stickers all over it (it’s a fact that hotrod flames make a wheelchair go faster). Nowadays, however, you have options, including one that’s able to take you just about anywhere:
The Ziesel has been around since 2013, but the folks at MATTRO have improved the vehicle over the years to drive smoother and be more versatile. If it doesn’t look like your typical wheelchair, perhaps it’s because MATTRO isn’t designing a wheelchair to go offroad but an offroad vehicle that increases mobility options for anyone. You won’t find the term ‘wheelchair’ on their site but instead, you’ll learn they develop ‘eco-friendly electric mobility and energy concepts.’ From that point-of-view, its uses and adventures make more sense.
This electric vehicle was built from scratch. Its development is the result of the know-how and enthusiasm of the Mattro team. There is a lot of technology involved. Yet because of its well done design you will only notice that as much as you really need to.“
Each Ziesel comes with a few stock features, such as a battery drive which can reach up to 22 mph (35km/h), a joystick for steering, and the ability to be street worthy (it was redesigned in 2016 for European road approval) as well as go completely off-road.
Aiding its off-road capabilities are rubber track belts, magnet brakes, front/back LED lights, and a steel pipe frame in case the Ziesel rolls over. With that in mind, this electric vehicle also comes with a safety belt, along with a first aid kit and safety vest if your street or off-road adventures go awry.
The Ziesel runs on an electrical motor that takes roughly 4 hours to charge using its stock charger (3kW/230V), or you can snag the upgrade (5kW/400V) to shorten the charge time to 2.5 hours.
Oddly enough, you can only use the Ziesel for the same amount of time. Normal operations, like using the chair on public roads, clock a 4-hour battery time while more taxing actions (such as towing up to its 500kg capacity) shorten the battery life to 2.5 hours.
The coolest thing about the Ziesel is its versatility. Multiple attachments such as snowplows, auxiliary headlamps on the steel cage, and even a crop plow are available for the Ziesel. Its capabilities never seen in a wheelchair before and never thought possible by most. MATTRO is surely changing that.
To learn more about this beast of an electric vehicle, check out the Ziesel on the Mattro webpage.