Enel unveils first e-wheelchair compatible EV charger


Italian multinational firm Enel, through its energy services subsidiary Enel X, has launched its first device to charge electric wheelchairs with car charging infrastructure.

The launched device JuiceAbility has been developed by Enel X and Italian startup Avanchair.

The new technology comprises a smart cable and an app to recognise the batteries of electric wheelchairs and connect them to the system of charging stations for electric vehicles.

The aim to combine EVs and e-wheelchair charging is to allow the use of e-wheelchairs without being restricted by the range of their batteries, according to a statement.

 The new platform has been recognised as “good practice” by ANGLAT, the Italian association supporting the right of mobility for people with disabilities.

Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X, said: “With JuiceAbility, Enel X gives people with disabilities access to a network of more than 11,000 charging stations with which, as of today, it is possible to charge not only car but also electric wheelchairs.

“In pursuit of a vision based on the convergence of innovation and sustainability,,,the new product meets the mobility needs of all, while helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by strengthening and promoting everyone’s social, economic and political inclusion, including people with disabilities.”

In addition, Enel has also unveiled Homix, a new Smart Home system for heating, home security, and lighting management that helps families save energy and simplify their lives while respecting the environment. Homix combines simplicity and convenience by working with Alexa, Amazon’s smart, cloud-based voice service.