The resurrected MV-1 wheelchair-accessible automobile is ready to ship to dealers, according to its new manufacturer, Mobility Ventures LLC.
In a March 11 news announcement, Mobility Ventures said, “Vehicles are now rolling off the assembly line and being processed for immediate shipment to its nationwide MV-1 dealer network.”
The announcement coincided with a March 11 launch event at AM General’s commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind., where the MV-1 is being built. AM General, which owns the Mobility Ventures subsidiary, previously assembled the MV-1 for Vehicle Production Group (VPG), the MV-1’s original owner.
After VPG shut down last spring, AM General purchased the MV-1, created an MV-1 dealer network, and put a national and international sales and executive staff in place.
In the news announcement, AM General President/CEO Charlie Hall said of the launch, “Today’s event recognizes the many men and women who have taken this vehicle from concept to production reality. On behalf of AM General and Mobility Ventures’ employees in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, we are proud to create new jobs and deliver this truly revolutionary vehicle into the hands of a deserving market.”
The MV-1 was designed from the ground up as an accessible vehicle that enables wheelchair users to sit in the front passenger seat area or the back seat area while remaining in their chairs. The MV-1 comes standard with a built-in ramp and a wheelchair securement system.
AM General recently announced it would donate an MV-1 vehicle as a prize for the National Mobility Awareness Month contest, which is in progress.