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All Terrain Tracked Chair
An Austrian company wanted to showcase the power in its newly developed modular lithium ion battery system, and ended up creating the Ziesel. The vehicle is not an ordinary tracked chair.
    “The Ziesel power train is on a very high performance level and very compact. It shows what is possible with today’s technology. So you cannot compare it with wheelchair technology,” says Alois Bauer, with Mattro Mobility Revolutions of Austria.
    With a 4-point safety seatbelt, rollover protection and joystick steering it certainly works as a vehicle for people with mobility disabilities. But it has potential for a variety of uses.
    “The high power in a very limited space makes this power train interesting for a lot of small vehicles,” Bauer says. “Inside the Ziesel it results in perfect driving performance on nearly all surfaces, from the sand on the beach to deep snow.”
    The battery technology powers the chair–quietly – for more than 4 hours driving in the snow in fast mode. The Ziesel can travel more than 20 mph. The rubber tracks have excellent traction with low ground pressure.
    Recently introduced, it’s attracting attention in Europe, and Bauer notes Mattro would like to hear from interested dealers and/or manufacturing partners in North America, which would create regional jobs and reduce transportation costs.
    The Ziesel weighs 540 lbs. and retails for 21,710 Euros (about $29,500 U.S.). Options include a charger, LED lighting, tow bar, heated seat and metallic paint. Check out the website to see the Ziesel in action and for more information.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alois Bauer (mattro.eu or info@derziesel.com; www.derziesel.com; alois.bauer@).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5