The smallest mobility scooter on the market is the EV Rider Transport AF+ with a width of 16.5 inches and a length of 33.5 inches. This small mobility scooter weighs 49 pounds and folds up with a remote control to allow seniors to transport it when traveling.
The size of a mobility scooter can be an important deciding factor for seniors who need a scooter they can easily manipulate through a small apartment or use when traveling.
The Reasons Seniors Need a Small Mobility Scooter
Smaller mobility scooters allow seniors to maneuver more easily through restricted spaces, including hallways and small rooms. They can also help seniors who live in apartments or older homes that were built before The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulated in 2010 that structures had to include doors that were at least 32 inches wide.
A small mobility scooter is easy to transport from place to place. Some popular mobility scooters, such as the EV Rider, are light and compact enough that caregivers can easily lift them, and newer models also have a folding feature that makes them small enough to fit in the trunk of a car.
The Unique Traits of the Smallest Mobility Scooters
Small mobility scooters aren’t only dimensionally smaller than other scooters. They have distinct features that can change their functionality and appearance. Most small scooters have a small battery that makes the vehicle easier to transport but also reduces its range of travel. The battery of the EV Rider allows drivers to travel 10 miles before it must be recharged. In comparison, scooters with larger batteries can travel up to 25 miles before they need charging.
Smaller mobility scooters also have smaller engines, which reduces their maximum travel speed and how much weight they can handle. The EV Rider’s top speed is 3.8 miles per hour, much lower than the 8 miles per hour required for a scooter to travel on a paved road.