Thursday, September 11, 2014

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No - it's a motorised TrailRider

Only very slightly different to look at
The new motorised TrailRider prototype that Parks Victoria has developed has finally arrived.  

This is a TrailRider with an electric motor that I spoke to you about a few months ago. This chair will make it much easier for visitors with disabilities and their sherpas to explore some of our more hilly trails in parks and will reduce the number of sherpas needed for pushing and pulling the chair.
Close up of the battery pack

It is an electric hub motor with a lithium battery adding just over 4kgs in weight to the chair and was trialled by Parks Victoria with a 73kg passenger (PV staff member) rider.
Here are the controls  - Keith take note!

The motor showed a lot of torque going up steep hills and was used on hilly trails for over 2 hours. There was plenty of charge left in the battery.

We are looking forward to doing some further trials using the chair in the Grampians at the upcoming SVP (Sherpa Volunteer Program) training session.


  1. Wow this is wonderful - can you send us more details - CC

    1. I'll know much more after the SVP session on the 20th. I'm wondering if we might get it up to the Congress in November

  2. Wow! I'm very excited about this development. This will make it much easier on Sherpas like me who have compromised backs! Good work, Park Victoria. You (esp John Kenwright) are awesome!

    1. So true! JK is the man! You'll get to try this out the weekend after next too


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