Swincar Mobility Demo Day in Richmond, Virginia

Swincar Mobility Demo Day in Richmond, Virginia

This past Saturday, we had the biggest and most successful Swincar Mobility Demo Day in Richmond (Virginia) with Sportable that we’ve ever had! The best part: no one involved in organizing this demo day met one another in person until the morning of the event. Nobody should reasonably expect a remotely-organized group project to go very well, but Sportable and the York River State Park Rangers were fantastic partners. They put in a lot of work to make this demo day possible and we can’t thank them enough for trusting us and our Swincars. 

Ultimately, the arrangement couldn’t have been any simpler: we brought the cars, Sportable brought the athletes, and York River State Park brought the trails. We arrived nice and early, rode out into the park with the rangers to scout the trails and plan our routes, and then spent the next 8 hours exploring miles of trails with 18 disabled athletes from the Richmond area. 

For us at SwincarUSA, the day provided a number of takeaways and I won’t go through them all here. But I kept hearing one thing from the athletes, and it’s worth mentioning because I’ve gotten similar feedback from our accessibility tours here in Chattanooga. One way or another, disabled Swincar drivers keep saying, “when you’re in one of these, nobody has any reason to look at you differently.” We’ve been struggling to convey this point when we talk to people about Swincars, in part because we don’t want to make assumptions or generalizations about the experiences of people with disabilities. But, we’ve found that even for the most capable wheelchair users, there is something special about driving an “adaptive” vehicle that doesn’t need to be adapted. Once you transfer into the Swincar, you have the same vehicle with the same hand-controls, you receive the same safety briefing, and you have the same exact experience as everybody else. 

Well, the experience was almost the same. In more than two years of giving Swincar tours, I have never seen people tear through mud and water with the gusto of this group of athletes…and by the end of the day the Swincars were caked with the mud to prove it.

Like always, our Swincars got some strange looks from the park’s hikers and mountain bikers, even before the mud. But I can say with confidence that none of those park-goers had any reason to believe that the people in those crazy spider cars had bodies that worked any differently than their own. 

We’re going to try and do a lot more of these demo days. Even when we don’t charge for rides, they’re great visibility and exposure for Swincars, and everybody involved ends up better off for having participated. One day, perhaps through an event like this, we’ll find the right person and the right grants to set up more permanent Swincar recreational therapy programs in cities across the U.S. and Canada. We can’t wait for another Swincar Mobility Demo Day in Richmond (Virginia) with Sportable!

If you’re that person, or if you know that person, give us a shout. We’d love to talk and do what we can to help get a program started. We invite you to learn more about the Swincar and the features of our Mobility model at SwincarUSA.com.

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SwincarUSA is a network of dealers, eco-tour operators, service centers, and independent sales agents created by Adventure Sports Innovation, the first U.S. Swincar fleet operator since 2018, and now the exclusive Swincar distributor in North America.

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) brings to market the latest inventions and innovations for outdoor experiences, sourced from inventors and manufacturers around the world to Chattanooga, TN. ASI is proud to be the North America distributor for the Swincar, offering tours, sales for individuals and fleet owners, parts and service, and even Dealer startups within North America.

Tel:   (423) 225-4300  & Address: 191 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 

Website:  SwincarUSA.com    Mail:   Info@adventuresportsinnovation.com

 

About Adventure Sports Innovation

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is proud to be the distributor for the Swincar throughout North America and are working to expand Swincar’s presence throughout the USA and Canada.

ASI offers a variety of Tours and test drive rides for all abilities.   ASI’s primary riding destination is at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, close to downtown Chattanooga, with over 300 acres of forest and trails climbing the side of the iconic Lookout Mountain.  Other off-road venues are available for private tours.  ASI has Swincars equipped for drivers with adaptive needs, and can organize group events featuring the Swincar, or even arrange for private tours on your own property.

ASI is a full-service dealer, distributor, and authorized service center for Swincar in the USA.

  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in the USA, vehicles can be picked up at our Chattanooga, TN facility, or we can provide delivery service of a crated Swincar to your location, along with remote training on safe operations and vehicle care and maintenance.
  • Fleets: ASI is excited to help create fleets of Swincar touring vehicles around the country. We can support potential fleet operators anywhere in the USA, and will provide specialized training to fleet owners.  Turnkey support programs are available to help entrepreneurs launch new eco-touring operations!
  • ASI generally keeps several new vehicles in stock in our Tennessee warehouse for quick fulfillment of customer orders, or can custom order vehicles from Swincar France as needed, generally with 4 to 8 week production time, plus shipping and transit time. ASI will arrange all shipping and import details and can arrange delivery to a customer’s location.
  • For options, pricing, availability shipping or other details, please contact us at info@adventuresportsinnovation.com, or check our website at com
  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in Canada, we have created our first dealer in the country, located in Calgary, Alberta. Their primary territory is western Canada, but they are willing to consider helping to import vehicles for customers around the country. Feel free to consult directly with ElecDrive.  Phone is 587-434-6701, and their website is Elecdrive.CA
Off-roading is for everyone

Off-roading is for everyone

Yes! off-roading for everyone…

2020 was the ‘year of accessibility’ for Swincar. The year saw the introduction of so many new developments for drivers with adaptive needs, we thought it would be worthwhile to do a quick summary of everything you can do to make your Swincar work for you, or someone you know that may need to customize their controls.

open swingarms
to open swingarm

Original mobility features:

1. The pendulum design and articulating swingarms keeps you upright and driving with ALL FOUR WHEELS ON THE GROUND. (Disclaimer: Rollovers are still possible – drivers with limited mobility should take any and all relevant precautions – but they are FAR less likely in Swincars than in any other off-road vehicle on the market.)

2. Every vehicle comes equipped with hand-controlled braking and acceleration.  Also, the thumb throttle can easily be moved to the right or left side of the formula one-type steering wheel.

3. Telescoping tie rods on the swing arms make for easy transfers to and from wheelchairs.

4. The reclining rallye seat has a deeper seat pocket than our standard seat, with higher hip guards – really minimizes potential to slip out of the seat for those with less muscle control below the wais

Pascal Rambaud
Swincar

If you’ve been with us for a while, the features listed above are old news for the Swincar. These functions have been a part of Swincar since the beginning, and they work really well for drivers with good upper-body mobility. The goal in 2020 was to open Swincar driving to people without full upper-body mobility!

So here’s the new stuff:

5. The Push-Pull Steering Module

Great for folks without the finger strength or dexterity to safely operate the standard hand brakes and throttle. This option allows drivers to control their speed by pulling and pushing the steering wheel towards and away from them.

Pull swincar
power steering wheel

6. Power Steering
This option is going to significantly reduce how much work your shoulders have to do to control your Swincar. The power steering module makes for an easier driving experience and even reduces the “degrees to turn,” which means you don’t need to turn the steering wheel quite as far to execute sharp turns.

7. Enhanced Battery Gauge
For drivers with reduced mobility, running out of power out in the woods is a true safety concern. Swincar’s new enhanced Battery Monitor gives the driver a large visual display showing how much power is remaining, to help ensure you head to a power supply for a re-charge in plenty of time.

8. Joy Stick Configuration
This option is for our off-road travelers with very little upper-body mobility. You don’t have to worry about a steering wheel, you don’t have to worry about hand brakes. Just a joystick. It’s the simplicity of a powerchair, with all the capability and independence of a Swincar. So it’s way more power and way less chair.

Swincar adaptive
Swincar adaptive

Everybody’s different, and the engineers at Swincar are never done tinkering, but these developments are going to redefine mobility and outdoor recreation for ALOT of people. We couldn’t be more excited to get more people into our eco-friendly and highly adaptive off-roader!

Give us a call or shoot us a message if you want more details about some of the new options so that off-roading for everyone is closer and closer every day…

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SwincarUSA is a network of dealers, eco-tour operators, service centers, and independent sales agents created by Adventure Sports Innovation, the first U.S. Swincar fleet operator since 2018, and now the exclusive Swincar distributor in North America.

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) brings to market the latest inventions and innovations for outdoor experiences, sourced from inventors and manufacturers around the world to Chattanooga, TN. ASI is proud to be the North America distributor for the Swincar, offering tours, sales for individuals and fleet owners, parts and service, and even Dealer startups within North America.

Tel:   (423) 225-4300  & Address: 191 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 

Website:  SwincarUSA.com    Mail:   Info@adventuresportsinnovation.com

 

About Adventure Sports Innovation

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is proud to be the distributor for the Swincar throughout North America and are working to expand Swincar’s presence throughout the USA and Canada.

ASI offers a variety of Tours and test drive rides for all abilities.   ASI’s primary riding destination is at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, close to downtown Chattanooga, with over 300 acres of forest and trails climbing the side of the iconic Lookout Mountain.  Other off-road venues are available for private tours.  ASI has Swincars equipped for drivers with adaptive needs, and can organize group events featuring the Swincar, or even arrange for private tours on your own property.

ASI is a full-service dealer, distributor, and authorized service center for Swincar in the USA.

  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in the USA, vehicles can be picked up at our Chattanooga, TN facility, or we can provide delivery service of a crated Swincar to your location, along with remote training on safe operations and vehicle care and maintenance.
  • Fleets: ASI is excited to help create fleets of Swincar touring vehicles around the country. We can support potential fleet operators anywhere in the USA, and will provide specialized training to fleet owners.  Turnkey support programs are available to help entrepreneurs launch new eco-touring operations!
  • ASI generally keeps several new vehicles in stock in our Tennessee warehouse for quick fulfillment of customer orders, or can custom order vehicles from Swincar France as needed, generally with 4 to 8 week production time, plus shipping and transit time. ASI will arrange all shipping and import details and can arrange delivery to a customer’s location.
  • For options, pricing, availability shipping or other details, please contact us at info@adventuresportsinnovation.com, or check our website at com
  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in Canada, we have created our first dealer in the country, located in Calgary, Alberta. Their primary territory is western Canada, but they are willing to consider helping to import vehicles for customers around the country. Feel free to consult directly with ElecDrive.  Phone is 587-434-6701, and their website is Elecdrive.CA
Exploring Trails as a Wheelchair User: My Experience Driving a Spider Car, Rosie Roaming, January 24 2021

Exploring Trails as a Wheelchair User: My Experience Driving a Spider Car, Rosie Roaming, January 24 2021

Exploring Trails as a Wheelchair User: My Experience Driving a Spider Car 

Note: Social distancing was practiced the whole time, and masks were worn when in close-contact with people outside our household (which was only 15-20 minutes of our entire excursion). We didn’t wear masks out on the trail, but we weren’t in close contact with anyone out there. Also, all these thoughts are my own, I’m not partnered with Adventure Sports Innovation, just a happy customer!

A few weeks ago, my parents and I went to Chattanooga, TN and went off-roading and on trails using a spider car!

What is a spider car, you may be wondering? That’s the same question I had when we got there. (My parents didn’t tell me where we were going or what we were doing, I was just told to get in the car!)

A spider car, technically called a Swincar E-Spider Off-Road Vehicle, is a 4 wheel electric off-road vehicle! What makes the spider car unique is that the wheels move independently from each other and move up and down to keep themselves on the ground even when going up or down inclines or over obstacles. Here’s a picture and a link to a video to explain better than I can! (neither of these are my own content).

Adaptive needs Swincar driver

Most importantly (for me): they are all hand-controlled!! If you have full use of your hands, I think you’d be able to drive one! My fingers did tire occasionally, but I just switched to using my pointer finger to control the trigger for a little while and it was no problem. If you don’t have full use of your hands, they do have at least one 2-person car at Adventure Sports Innovation, so you should be able to be a passenger and still enjoy the trails!

We started off going on flat paths to learn how to control the cars and go over small obstacles and inclines, then went to more advanced terrain. To be honest, historically I am not a fan of going off-road. It makes me incredibly nervous. When we got there and I discovered the surprise was going off-road and then realized I would be driving (rather than being a passenger where I could close my eyes and wait to be done with the anxiety-inducing steep hill), I looked at my mom like she was crazy. BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY VERY FUN AND NOT NERVE-WRACKING! Our guide Chris was spectacular and assured me we weren’t going to do anything crazy. Once I started driving, I felt very comfortable and had an excellent time! I think being in control actually calmed my nerves too.

I honestly enjoyed the whole experience, but my favorite part was going very quickly through the fields at top speeds (around 18 mph). As a wheelchair user, I’ve never been able to run through a field- until this day. And I LOVED it. It was such a joyous and freeing feeling, especially after being mostly in my house or apartment for the past 10 months!!

If you’re in Chattanooga or in driving distance to it, I would highly recommend checking out Adventure Sports Innovation and taking a tour on their Spider Cars for an accessible way to get outside that is COVID-safe!!

After our tour, my family made our way to the Pinkberry downtown, which is the only Pinkberry in Tennessee (our local Nashville location closed in 2013, and I miss it dearly). My parents and I are obsessed with Pinkberry frozen yogurt, which is something you already know if you follow me on Instagram (@rosieroaming). Check out my “airports” highlight for proof, where I post pictures of airports when I travel through them and give my opinion, which usually relies on decor and whether or not they have a Pinkberry. Hopefully in 2021 I’ll be able to get back to an airport at some point- it’s been since August 2019 since I’ve been to one, a personal record for me.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me on Instagram! I have a Facebook page too, but honestly I’m not as active on there. You can also leave a comment on this post!!

 

Click here for original blog of “Exploring Trails as a Wheelchair User: My Experience Driving a Spider Car, Rosie Roaming, January 24 2021”

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SwincarUSA is a network of dealers, eco-tour operators, service centers, and independent sales agents created by Adventure Sports Innovation, the first U.S. Swincar fleet operator since 2018, and now the exclusive Swincar distributor in North America.

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) brings to market the latest inventions and innovations for outdoor experiences, sourced from inventors and manufacturers around the world to Chattanooga, TN. ASI is proud to be the North America distributor for the Swincar, offering tours, sales for individuals and fleet owners, parts and service, and even Dealer startups within North America.

Tel:   (423) 225-4300  & Address: 191 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 

Website:  SwincarUSA.com    Mail:   Info@adventuresportsinnovation.com

 

About Adventure Sports Innovation

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is proud to be the distributor for the Swincar throughout North America and are working to expand Swincar’s presence throughout the USA and Canada.

ASI offers a variety of Tours and test drive rides for all abilities.   ASI’s primary riding destination is at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, close to downtown Chattanooga, with over 300 acres of forest and trails climbing the side of the iconic Lookout Mountain.  Other off-road venues are available for private tours.  ASI has Swincars equipped for drivers with adaptive needs, and can organize group events featuring the Swincar, or even arrange for private tours on your own property.

ASI is a full-service dealer, distributor, and authorized service center for Swincar in the USA.

  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in the USA, vehicles can be picked up at our Chattanooga, TN facility, or we can provide delivery service of a crated Swincar to your location, along with remote training on safe operations and vehicle care and maintenance.
  • Fleets: ASI is excited to help create fleets of Swincar touring vehicles around the country. We can support potential fleet operators anywhere in the USA, and will provide specialized training to fleet owners.  Turnkey support programs are available to help entrepreneurs launch new eco-touring operations!
  • ASI generally keeps several new vehicles in stock in our Tennessee warehouse for quick fulfillment of customer orders, or can custom order vehicles from Swincar France as needed, generally with 4 to 8 week production time, plus shipping and transit time. ASI will arrange all shipping and import details and can arrange delivery to a customer’s location.
  • For options, pricing, availability shipping or other details, please contact us at info@adventuresportsinnovation.com, or check our website at com
  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in Canada, we have created our first dealer in the country, located in Calgary, Alberta. Their primary territory is western Canada, but they are willing to consider helping to import vehicles for customers around the country. Feel free to consult directly with ElecDrive.  Phone is 587-434-6701, and their website is Elecdrive.CA

9 Awesome Reasons for Wheelchair Users to Visit Accessible Chattanooga

9 Awesome Reasons for Wheelchair Users to Visit Accessible Chattanooga

9 Awesome Reasons for Wheelchair Users to Visit Accessible Chattanooga

Several months ago, I received an invitation from the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to visit the Scenic City, as it’s also known, and share with you its accessible sights and experiences. I’ve been to other parts of Tennessee and really enjoyed it, and based on everything I was told, I knew visiting Chattanooga would also be a special experience. However, nothing could have prepared me for some of the special things my hosts had in store for me! Read (and watch) below for nine awesome reasons for wheelchair users to visit accessible Chattanooga, Tennessee.

[…] Adaptive outdoor off-road adventure! When I was looking through my Chattanooga itinerary, I noticed something about an adapted vehicle of some sort called a SWINCAR. I thought my hosts were just taking me to see it in a showroom, or maybe a demo. Little did I know that I was going off-roading in this fully hand-controlled adapted buggy in the wooded hills of Chattanooga!

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is the company that does this, and they truly offer an adventure for everyone. ASI curates the latest inventions and innovations in adventure sports and outdoor activities, providing individuals and groups with fun things to do. ASI is the first company in the USA to have one of these adapted e-Spider vehicles for wheelchair users, and boy, was I grateful for that! For a full hour, my tour guide, hosts, and I crawled over small logs, rocks, dips, twists, and turns through some of Chattanooga’s most beautiful scenery at the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

Like any adaptive sports experience, the SWINCAR off-road experience isn’t for everyone. You will need significant upper body control and stability, as well as enough use of your arms and hands to steer the vehicle, squeeze the hand brakes (like those of a bicycle), and press the thumb throttle continuously. It can be a rough ride in several spots, as you are on horse and bike trails with several obstacles. If you have any injuries or chronic pain that could be exacerbated by getting jostled around, this might not be for you.

However, if it sounds like you can do this, here’s the adventure that awaits!

Click here for the original blog of 9 Awesome Reasons for Wheelchair Users to Visit Accessible Chattanooga from Sylvia Longmire from Spin the Globe.

Sylvia Longmire on a swincar

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SwincarUSA is a network of dealers, eco-tour operators, service centers, and independent sales agents created by Adventure Sports Innovation, the first U.S. Swincar fleet operator since 2018, and now the exclusive Swincar distributor in North America.

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) brings to market the latest inventions and innovations for outdoor experiences, sourced from inventors and manufacturers around the world to Chattanooga, TN. ASI is proud to be the North America distributor for the Swincar, offering tours, sales for individuals and fleet owners, parts and service, and even Dealer startups within North America.

Tel:   (423) 225-4300  & Address: 191 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 

Website:  SwincarUSA.com    Mail:   Info@adventuresportsinnovation.com

 

About Adventure Sports Innovation

Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is proud to be the distributor for the Swincar throughout North America and are working to expand Swincar’s presence throughout the USA and Canada.

ASI offers a variety of Tours and test drive rides for all abilities.   ASI’s primary riding destination is at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, close to downtown Chattanooga, with over 300 acres of forest and trails climbing the side of the iconic Lookout Mountain.  Other off-road venues are available for private tours.  ASI has Swincars equipped for drivers with adaptive needs, and can organize group events featuring the Swincar, or even arrange for private tours on your own property.

ASI is a full-service dealer, distributor, and authorized service center for Swincar in the USA.

  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in the USA, vehicles can be picked up at our Chattanooga, TN facility, or we can provide delivery service of a crated Swincar to your location, along with remote training on safe operations and vehicle care and maintenance.
  • Fleets: ASI is excited to help create fleets of Swincar touring vehicles around the country. We can support potential fleet operators anywhere in the USA, and will provide specialized training to fleet owners.  Turnkey support programs are available to help entrepreneurs launch new eco-touring operations!
  • ASI generally keeps several new vehicles in stock in our Tennessee warehouse for quick fulfillment of customer orders, or can custom order vehicles from Swincar France as needed, generally with 4 to 8 week production time, plus shipping and transit time. ASI will arrange all shipping and import details and can arrange delivery to a customer’s location.
  • For options, pricing, availability shipping or other details, please contact us at info@adventuresportsinnovation.com, or check our website at com
  • For individuals looking to purchase a Swincar in Canada, we have created our first dealer in the country, located in Calgary, Alberta. Their primary territory is western Canada, but they are willing to consider helping to import vehicles for customers around the country. Feel free to consult directly with ElecDrive.  Phone is 587-434-6701, and their website is Elecdrive.CA

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