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Outdoor recreational activities for all in France

Electric vehicles for persons with reduced mobility

The Air Liquide Foundation is helping to modernize the fleet of electric vehicles owned by the association Escapade Liberté Mobilité. These vehicles enable persons with reduced mobility to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

Making nature accessible to everyone

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.

© Escapade Liberté Mobilité
The association Escapade Liberté Mobilité enable persons with reduced mobility to enjoy outdoor recreational activities © Escapade Liberté Mobilité

Promoting outdoor activities

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.

PROJECT IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: Escapade Liberté Mobilité
  • Location: Île-de-France
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Sponsor: Anne Million, Paris-Saclay Research Centre

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