The proliferation of customized vehicles that employ a proper mechanism of a wheelchair lift and is hassle-free is propelling the growth of the global market. Platforms lifts are the most popular wheelchair lifts in this industry. Rotary lifts are also known as swing lifts, and they have a platform that swings/rotates out on the post and lands on the ground. They are comparatively more compact than platform lifts and are typically employed in the personal vehicles. Hoist lifts contain arms and straps where the wheeled mobility aid attached to the arm through the straps and are hoisted into the vehicle. Under vehicle lifts (UVLs) are placed under the vehicle in a metal container and are pulled out when required. They are typically employed in commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses. The two primary categories in the automotive wheelchair lifts market are occupied and unoccupied. The automotive wheelchair lifts market is expected to reach revenues of about $1.4 billion by 2023, growing at an impressive CAGR of approximately 11% during the forecast period.

Occupied Automotive Wheelchair Lifts

Occupied automotive wheelchair lifts are mechanized platforms which are designed to raise and lower the person with disabilities while the person is seated in the wheelchair. These wheelchair lifts are designed to offer users ease of access while entering the vehicle and hence, making them the most popular choice in the global market. The global occupied automotive wheelchair lifts market is estimated to growing at a CAGR of approximately 11% during the forecast period.  The three categories of automotive wheelchair lifts available in the global market are:

  • Single-post Split Platform Lifts: These types of automotive wheelchair lifts have a single hydraulic arm and employs a platform that folds when stowed and allows others to enter or exit the vehicle without the trouble to deploy the lift. These wheelchair lifts are specifically designed to occupy less space and leave the passenger entry open for users. They are used only in the side-entry applications.
  • Standard Dual-post Platform Lifts: These types of automotive wheelchair lifts have a sturdier platform and uses two hydraulic arms to lift people along with their wheelchairs. The dual-post split platform lifts are designed by considering the visibility of a split-platform lift and the sturdiness and stability of a standard dual-post lift. The platform folds vertically from the center and allows others to enter or exit the vehicles without the trouble to deploy the lift.
  • Under Vehicle Lifts (UVLs): These types of automotive wheelchair lifts are mounted underneath the vehicle frame. These are, in general, out of sight and out of the way until needed and do not affect the aesthetics of the vehicle.

Unoccupied Automotive Wheelchair Lifts

Unoccupied automotive wheelchair lifts are mechanized platforms which are designed to raise and lower the wheelchair which is to be transported inside a vehicle. This type of lift is not used to raise and lower people while they are seated in their wheelchairs. Unoccupied automotive wheelchair lifts are cost-effective options available in the global market. The major categories in the unoccupied automotive wheelchair lifts market are:

  • Outside Lifts: Outside lifts are popular because they can be used virtually to any size of the vehicle and do not use any interior space of the vehicle. They also provide an advantage of being able to transfer from one vehicle to another with ease, and they can accommodate people with minor accessibility issues and are operated by a single person. Outside lifts require wheelchair covers and tie-down straps to provide safety and security to the wheelchair always in transit.
  • Inside Lifts: Inside lifts provide cost-efficient and compact mobility solutions. They are mounted within the vehicle’s cargo area to provide a compact mobility solution. Inside lifts are slightly more difficult to operate as they are not entirely automated in their process and require labors in securing the wheelchair and getting into the vehicle. All this process requires a certain level of strength, dexterity, balance, and coordination for complete operation of inside wheelchair lifts.
  • Hybrid Lifts: Hybrid lifts are installed on vans and SUVs and are mounted on the vehicle’s cargo area as they require entire space to hoist and keep the wheelchair. Wheelchair users can easily wheel themselves on to the lift, and the mechanical system of these hybrid lift will do the rest to raise and rest the wheelchair onto and out of the vehicle. Hybrid lifts are moderately easy to operate and require assistance.

The leading vendors in the market are BraunAbility, Bruno Independent Living Aids, Cibes Lift Group, Garaventa, Harmar, Ricon, Savaria, ThyssenKrupp.