Electric Wheelchair FAQs
What is an electric wheelchair?
Electric wheelchairs can be propelled by a joystick or manually via a carer.
They are motorised mobility vehicles that are an excellent alternative to manual wheelchairs. If the user does not have sufficient upper body strength, a motorised electric wheelchair allows them to travel without having to propel themselves.
How does an electric wheelchair work?
Electric wheelchairs operate using electric-powered motors and rechargeable batteries.
The motor draws power from the batteries, allowing the wheelchair to travel without aid from another person.
How far can electric wheelchairs travel on a single charge?
How far an electric wheelchair can travel on a single charge depends on the size of the motor and battery capacity. It can also be a combination of other factors, such as the user’s weight, driving style, and the surfaces the wheelchair operates on.
How long does it take to charge an electric wheelchair?
How long an electric wheelchair takes to charge is dependent on factors such as:
What's the difference between an electric wheelchair and a mobility scooter?
The difference between an electric wheelchair and a mobility scooter is how they operate.
Mobility scooters require the user to hold on to the tiller handle with both hands. However, electric wheelchairs have a joystick on one of the armrests and require much less upper body strength to control.
Can electric wheelchairs be used outdoors?
Yes, you can purchase electric wheelchairs specifically designed to cope with outdoor terrains. They may also be referred to as ‘Power Chairs’
They will typically be larger than standard wheelchairs, with more extensive storage compartments and larger batteries that allow them to travel further on a single charge.
Is a powerchair just another name for an electric wheelchair?
Yes, powerchairs and electric wheelchairs are the same kinds of mobility aid. They can be used for indoor or outdoor purposes (or both) and offer users the latest technology, like powered seat lifts, tilting capabilities and machine-activated recline positions.
Is an electric wheelchair covered by insurance?
At Millercare, we offer customers Standard and Plus scooter and powerchair Insurance. You could receive cover for 24/7 national accident recovery, theft and vandalism, accidental damage and public liability claims.