Japan Promoting Electric Wheelchairs

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Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and makers are promoting electric wheelchairs as a means of transportation to replace automobiles at a time when elderly people are increasingly returning their driver's licenses.

Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> is the country's largest maker of electric wheelchairs operated by handles.

Its mainstay ET4D model, priced at 368,000 yen, has advanced safety functions, including giving spoken instructions when it approaches a steep slope, according to the automaker.

The ET4D also features a large basket and a range of as long as 31 kilometers after a full charge, according to the company.

Startup Whill Inc. sells electric wheelchairs controlled by hand levers.

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