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Powered wheelchairs

Thinking of getting a powered wheelchair? Here we provide guidance on getting a powered wheelchair in the UK.

Two people, one using a powerchair. (c)Scope.

Powered wheelchairs are also known as electric wheelchairs or powerchairs.

Rica's information, based on independent research and consumer experiences, is completely unbiased. For this guide, we surveyed over 350 powered wheelchair users - read the report (link) and some real-life stories (link).

Download the complete guide as pdf here: Getting a powered wheelchair (2015).
You can also receive printed publications by post (UK only).
Acknowledgements: This guide was produced by Rica with funding from Motability and The Clothworkers' Foundation.


Buying a powered wheelchair is a vital decision so it’s important to get it right first time. There are no independent product tests, meaningful reviews or simple guidance to help.
Our information here can help you:

  • work out how to fund your next chair
  • find where to go for information and advice
  • find what kind of powered wheelchair would best suit you

We also surveyed over 350 powered wheelchair users - the consumers.
Read what people had to say here.


Getting a wheelchair into a car

Tells you about equipment such as ramps, hoists, racks and trailers and how to go about getting them.

Safety for wheelchair users on public transport

Tips and advice for safe boarding and travel.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVS)

Information on vehicles converted to allow you to travel in your wheelchair, as a passenger or driver.

Last updated: April 2015

Introduction | Next: Paying for a powered wheelchair | See also: Wheelchair accessible vehicles usability research report