Van converters Tuscany Automotive Solutions, Elkhart, Ind., and Vantage Mobility International, Phoenix, have partnered to develop and manufacture a wheelchair accessible van, according to the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth.
The two companies are displaying their joint product at a dealer show in Phoenix, where they announced the new business arrangement.
Vantage offers a complete line of mini-van and full-size van conversions for people with physical disabilities through a network of 300 dealers nationwide. Tuscany is a leading van converter founded in Elkhart in 1988.
Tuscany will produce the new van – built on Ford E250 and Ford E350 van bodies – in Elkhart, and is considering a new building on its 13-acre site to accommodate anticipated growth.
The two firms, which will remain independent, are seeking to tap into what they perceive is a rapidly-growing market for wheelchair accessible vehicles.
“We are quickly approaching 10% of our population in a wheelchair,” said VMI Vice President Mark Roberts.