A mobility scooter is an electric vehicle and mobility aid equivalent or auxiliary to a power wheelchair but configured like a motorscooter. When motorized they are commonly referred to as a power-operated vehicle/scooter, handicap scooter, or electric scooter as well. Non-motorized mobility scooters are less common but are intended for the estimated 60% of wheelchair users who have at least some use of their legs.
Mobility scooters differ from power wheelchairs in that they are usually cheaper, easier to transport, and are more customizable. These handicap scooters are built for people who have trouble walking or getting around, but don't quite need a power wheelchair yet.
These are mid-to full-size scooters designed to operate indoors and outdoors. Four wheels provide maximum stability and safety for all users and they have a driving range up 18 miler per charge.
The user must be capable of operating the scooter by sitting up in the seat and controlling the scooter throttle and brake lever as well as steering with the tiller mounted handlebars. All scooters have a user-set speed control mounted next to the scooter's dashboard. The speed-control acts as a speed limiter and is easily set by user for various situations. Outside, turn up the pace to run around 5mph or so, some even cruise at 8mph. Inside, limit the scooter to a controllable speed for maneuvering through a house, hallways or office.