This tiny Dutch vehicle for people with disabilities is taking off

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The Netherlands is well-known for its bicycle culture. The Canta is a more accessible form of transportation.

For people with disabilities in the country, the compact four-wheeled, two-seat vehicle has become the primary form of micromobility–a term encompassing a range of small, lightweight vehicles typically operating at around 15 miles per hour. The Canta is a miniature Fiat or Mini, with all the essential features of a car, including an engine, drivetrain and roof, windows, doors, and windows. It is also a very compact car. It measures just over three feet in width, making it easy to drive on the country’s wider bike lanes.

Designed specifically for people with disabilities, the Canta was created in 1995 by a small Dutch vehicle manufacturer called Waaijenberg Mobility. It operates at speeds typically below 45 kilometers (27.9 miles) per hour and is not allowed on major motorways.

” “We started manufacturing the Canta to meet a demand,” Frank Vermin, owner Waaijenberg Mobility. He explained that many of their customers couldn’t get a driver’s license because of their disability. Canta may look like a car. It is classified as a mobility device. This means that people can “get mobility between door to door” without requiring a license.

The various Canta models can be customized to meet the mobility needs for a wide range of riders, including wheelchair users. The Canta2 Inrijwagen ,, for example, is without seats and lowers to allow a wheelchair to pass through the door at the back. You can choose from different types of gas and brake controls to suit your needs. Although the Canta is not only a microcar that can be seen driving in the Netherlands, it is the only one that offers these accessibility adaptations.

The cars range in price from around EUR15,500 for the Canta Comfort to more than EUR23,000 for the Canta 2 Inrijwagen.

The older models of the Canta were powered by gas, but the new model is electric in line with municipal efforts. Amsterdam, for example, aims to be an emissions-free city by 2025. Micromobility is a key component.

“When we look at non cars, a vast range of mobility solutions becomes possible,” Horace Dediu says, an expert on micromobility’s future. “This will allow us to provide more efficient and less costly alternatives for short trips as well as vehicles for people who are too old or disabled Dediu says that 8 billion people have a need for mobility. Only 1 billion currently can drive.” Everyone, he says, “will be served by micromobility.”

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