Healthcare and medical devices are one of the fastest-growing industries across the globe. New devices and equipment are constantly being developed in order to reduce the suffering of patients. One of the most important aspects of treating a patient is their mobility. Patients with lower-limb disabilities find it highly difficult to mobilize themselves. Conventional wheelchairs, also known as manual wheelchairs, have been the only solution available for several years.
However, using a manual wheelchair becomes a burdensome task for an individual as it may result in fatigue. Aggregation of all such problems has led to the development of self-propelled wheelchairs or electric chairs over time.
An electric wheelchair is defined as a self-propelled wheelchair driven using an electric motor. These chairs are controlled using an applied control system designed for steering wheelchairs.
Apart from patients who are unable to mobilize themselves, electric wheelchairs can also be used by individuals having problems such as fatigue, pain impairment, or cardiovascular disorders. Some variants of electric wheelchairs are also available with an enhanced control system for steering patients with 100 percent limb disability. Electric wheelchairs also contribute to developing a sense of independence in patients with impairments and hence are increasingly being used across the world.
The electric wheelchair market is largely driven by the ever-rising need for comfort as well as mobility among physically impaired people. These chairs act as a boon for patients with permanent limb disabilities where manual propulsion of a wheelchair is not possible. This has significantly boosted the overall electric chair market over the past few years. Market players place emphasis on the development of products capable of delivering more comfort and easy mobility to patients. Subsequently, the overall electric wheelchair market is set to witness substantial growth during the forecast period.
The global electric wheelchair market is segmented on the following basis:
By Drive System
- front wheel drive
- Rear-wheel drive
- center wheel drive
- All-wheel drive
By Battery Type
- dry battery type
- Wet battery type
By sitting facility
- Simple sitting
- Sitting with tilting and reclining
- North America
- CIS Countries
- Rest of Europe
- South Asia
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- North Africa
- South Africa
- rest of MEA
- Latin America
- rest of Latin America
Key players identified for the electric wheelchair market include but are not limited to:
21st Century Scientific Inc., Invacare Corp., OttoBock Healthcare GmbH, Permobil AB, Pride Mobility Products Corp., Sunrise Medical Inc., GF Health Products Inc., Hoveround Corp., LEVO AG, Medical Depot Inc., Merits Health Products Co. Ltd., Meyra Wilhelm Meyer GmbH & Co. KG, Ostrich Mobility Instruments Private Ltd., Karman Health Care Inc., The Scooter Store Ltd., Drive DeVilbiss, and others
This report offers the following:
- An overview of the global markets for electric wheelchairs
- Market trends assessment for the period 2013–2023, with historical information for 2013–2015 and projections through 2023, with respective CAGRs during 2016–2023
- Qualitative assessment tools such as market drivers, challenges, and future prospects in the market
- Market competition scrutiny tools such as market positioning analysis
- A general overview of the industry structure
- Company profiles highlight key information about the major players operating in the market.