Sometimes want and need aren’t the same thing. Who am I kidding, they rarely go hand in hand. To get around, Jess doesn’t need a van. A four-door car meets her needs, however, my brother just bought a new vehicle and I am experiencing car envy. This is not your 70’s van, but a slick looking accessible monster of a truck. I mean this in a good way. I teased my niece that she now has the nicest ride in the family!
This all started when my brother took their 15 year old van in to have the lift upgraded, a $500 fix, and ended up coming home with a brand new ride. In his defense, he had been kicking tires for awhile. He wasn’t exactly sure what he’d replace the van with, but like me, he knows it when he sees it.
This isn’t the case of a slick salesman selling him something new and shiny, but finding a vehicle that met their needs and one that made sense. The MV1 is the first vehicle that was designed from the ground up with accessibility in mind. Up until now, purchasing a van meant spending a minimum $15,000 above the purchase price to customize.
The MV1 is a Frankenstein in that it is comprised of the best parts taken from other vehicles. I’m not a car person and so when my brother was describing about how the MK1 was built, my brain was saying “blah, blah, blah GM front end, blah, blah blah, Ford Power train, blah, blah blah…. you get the idea.
The MV1 has a few features that got me excited. First, it is 17’ long which means it fits in a standard garage bay. The side ramp has two different lengths, short, and long. Easily accessible from buttons in the side of the door. My niece can easily drive herself in and she can ride as a passenger. She no longer is relegated to the “back of the bus”, she actually gets to ride shot gun! How cool is that! Actually, there are several positions her chair can be locked in place and this too is easy to access. A passenger chair can be purchased and set in place for those that don’t use a wheelchair.
Here are a few other details that caught my ear:
- Mobility Ventures (MV-1) is owned by Am General that makes military vehicles, so they are beefy.
- The MV1 comes in three models, roughly $39,000, $49,000 and $59,000
- They realized no one was building an accessible van, (they are located in NJ)
- There is a $22,000 medical expense write off when purchasing
- Only 2,500 of these models are made each year.
These photos were taken at night. Will add more photos later.
If you are beginning to look for an accessible van or need to replace one like my brother did, check out the MV1. Ask for Roger. You won’t be disappointed!
PS- for those too young to get the post title, the reference is from this song. Ahhh, good times, good times…
PSPS- My niece said that the Toyota Sienna was something she had liked too. Always good to have options. Personally, I think the MV1 looks modern and makes the statement “you have arrived!”.