Van makes it easier for wheelchair users

Vic Young, centre, with customers Ray and Mary Armstrong with the EVE.
Vic Young, centre, with customers Ray and Mary Armstrong with the EVE.

A revolutionary fully electric-powered vehicle for wheelchair accessibility is the first of its kind to be available in the North of England, thanks to a unique conversion by Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd which offers greener, cleaner passenger transport – and saves on costs too.

Motor dealership Vic Young has launched EVE – Electric Vehicle Evolution – based on the Nissan e-NV200 Combi, which has been customised by Northern Truck Bodies (NTB), the company’s specialist on-site conversion arm.  

The conversion includes a vehicle ramp system, to ensure that the wheelchair user can access the vehicle with ease, and EVE’s five standard passenger seats are retained even while a wheelchair user is on board, meaning greater flexibility for passenger transport.

Vic Young, managing director at NTB and Vic Young, said: “EVE is an innovative and forward-thinking concept which meets the demands of service providers as it is a multi-purpose vehicle suitable for all passengers including those with reduced mobility.

“I have witnessed on many occasions how awkward it is for, say a taxi driver, to assist a passenger with mobility requirements to enter and exit a vehicle.

“Our concept eliminates this problem, and once the wheelchair user enters the vehicle they will then travel on a low, flat floor, ensuring a high level of comfort for the passenger.

“We are confident that the EVE Nissan e-NV200 Combi will make a major impact in the region.”

Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd has been established more than 40 years, with a portfolio that includes Vic Young Mobility, a specialist Motability division that supplies cars, adaptations and wheelchair-accessible vehicles, and Northern Truck Bodies (NTB).

Over the years NTB has developed conversions for various specialist vehicles, including a revolutionary electric oven van for Sodexo, a leading UK catering supplier and a private ambulance for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.

It has also gained a reputation in the industry for solving operating and design problems using the latest techniques and technologies available.

The dealership is the current holder of the Extra Mile Dealership Award, which was awarded at the national Disabled Motoring UK Awards, for its exemplary customer service.

And the firm is also a finalist in the forthcoming Motor Trader Awards 2015.