Are Solar-Powered Wheelchairs the Next Big Thing?

We have all heard of solar-powered cars, golf carts and other devices to help decrease the amount of energy used to operate those items. The possibility for more solar powered machines is becoming popular as a result of advancements in technology.

Rear view of solar-powered wheelchair

Rear view of solar-powered wheelchair

In celebration of Earth Day, which was yesterday, Tuesday, April 22, I came across a blog post talking about wheelchairs being powered by the sun’s energy. Are solar-powered wheelchairs the next big thing? It would save energy from charging chairs the old-fashioned way with electricity. Plus, having solar power will make it easier to not have to carry around battery chargers.

Frontal view of Haidar Taleb sitting in his solar-powered wheelchair

Frontal view of Haidar Taleb sitting in his solar-powered wheelchair

A couple years ago, Haidar Taleb, of the United Arab Emirates, created a solar-powered wheelchair. Taleb was diagnosed with Polio when he was four years old and has used a wheelchair most of his life. With the assistance of Masdar, an alternative energy company, Taleb was able to design and build a chair. He’s taken several test drives with his new chair, most recently completing a 200-mile trek from Abu Dhabi to the city of Sharjah at a speed of 12 miles per hour. The journey landed Taleb in the Guinness Book of World Records.While the solar-powered chair isn’t mass produced, Taleb is hopeful that the coverage of his invention will spur the progression of solar-powered mobility devices. Taleb wants “to make a global statement and show people that those with disabilities can still achieve absolutely anything they put their minds to.”

To read more of the blog post, go to Our Every Day Earth.

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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