Escapade Liberté Mobilité meets an important need by allowing everyone to enjoy outdoor recreational activities including sports and educational activities. For participants, these activities represent a wonderful opportunity for personal development.
The association has developed Modul’évasion, a line of wheelchair-accessible electric vehicles that can be operated manually or by remote control. Since 2001 it has organized hikes in the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, two wooded parks near Paris, for people with motor disabilities or multiple disabilities and elderly people, as well as their families and friends. The association also conducts awareness campaigns in universities and has received the Sport, Youth and Education accreditation from the Ministry of Cities, Youth and Sports.
In order to expand the use of these vehicles, the association wanted to reduce manufacturing costs and improve the autonomy and comfort of drivers as well as passengers. The association worked with engineering students to research and develop a prototype with a simpler chassis using automobile parts. Their aim is to expand the use of the vehicles among the general public in France, in particular among local governments, national parks and recreational centers.
The grant from the Air Liquide Foundation is used to fund ergonomic research into adapting the driver's position in electric vehicles.