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Government Announces Grant Support for Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Preview

The Office of Zero Emission vehicles (OZEV) has today announced a new grant scheme, providing targeted funding specifically for Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (e-WAVs).

Part of a raft of changes to the Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG) scheme, which has seen the closure of grant support for standard electric vehicles, funding will now be allocated towards extending Plug-in Grants to boost sales of plug-in taxis, vans, trucks, motorcycles, and wheelchair accessible vehicles, as announced in the Autumn Statement. 

The Electric Question: Where are all the Electric WAVs?

The popularity of Electric Vehicles has skyrocketed, with over 50% of new cars registered so far in 2022 including some form of electrification. Why has the WAV market not kept up?

This article takes a look at why disabled consumers face less choice when looking for an alternatively-fuelled vehicle, and how electrification might affect the future of the Accessible Vehicle.

Derby DrivAbility to host Open Day

Derby DrivAbility Open day

Derby DrivAbility, part of the Driving Mobility network, will be hosting a free mobility event for healthcare professionals, Approved Driving Instructors and the general public on 14th June 2022.

We will be offering the opportunity for visitors to explore specialist equipment for driving, wheelchair loading and passenger safety.

Brotherwood Klastar Goes the Extra Mile for Mr Jeans

Brotherwood have always believed in going the extra mile to ensure that our range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are perfectly suited to the needs of our clients. We were delighted to be able to showcase this expertise when approached by Mr Jeans of Gloucestershire, who sought a couple of extra adaptations to our ‘Klastar’ Mercedes-Benz V-Class conversion to make every journey inclusive and comfortable for the whole family.

Adventures in Space with the Brotherwood Klastar

Liam Brotherwood Klastar WAV

Interior space was always high on the agenda when looking for a new Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle for Exeter-based Liam and his family: along with his large Spectra powered wheelchair, Liam also travels with additional equipment for his needs, as well as his Care Team.

The Brotherwood ‘Klastar’ conversion for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class had everything they were looking for – space, style and comfort. A private factory tour even gave Liam and mum Sue the chance to see the Brotherwood conversion process for themselves, to further highlight the quality of engineering involved.

A Special Delivery for Aurelia

Brotherwood were delighted to deliver a brand new Mercedes-Benz ‘Klastar’ Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle as part of a very special delivery to Aurelia in Gloucestershire.

Aurelia had a special request for the handover of her shiny new Cavansite Blue V-Class – the addition of a pink bow which the Brotherwood Team were happy to provide.

After waiting patiently for her new WAV to be built, converted and delivered, Aurelia can’t wait to get out and about this summer – we hope Aurelia enjoys many happy miles!

Confirmed Mercedes-Benz V-Class Stock Available Throughout 2022

Mercedes V-Class WAV Dimensions

As the UK’s largest supplier of Mercedes-Benz V-Class Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, we are pleased to confirm that we have secured supply of new V-Class V300 AMG-Line models exclusively for our clients throughout 2022.

With supply chain disruption drastically affecting the supply of new vehicles globally, many manufacturers are quoting lead times in excess of 12 months from now – however we have secured a confirmed supply of these highly-specified vehicles which will be arriving in stock consistently over the coming weeks.

£2.5 million package announced to help disabled people travel more confidently

The government has today (29 March 2022) announced a £2.5 million package to support disabled people travel more confidently on our transport network as it reopens after coronavirus (COVID-19).

The new funding will include £1.5 million allocated to support all 13 Mobility Centres across England roll out a ‘Hubs Mobility Service’. These vital services help people stay mobile after they have been advised to stop driving or if they are unable to learn to drive due to their disabilities, offering them advice on alternatives such as powered wheelchairs, community transport and local services.