The VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna handicap accessible wheelchair van has been the industry leader for its available interior space and headroom. However, with the recent changes and technological improvements, the new VMI Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van now is also one of the most technologically advanced!
Many have asked, and it is finally here! The new VMI, 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid handicap van with a side-entry, in-floor ramp system, is now available with an ALL-WHEEL DRIVE powertrain. It’s a VMI exclusive!
The VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van conversion features a patented, ultra-low, in-floor, power ramp system with a 30-inch width ramp that allows for safe entry and exit by some of the largest wheelchairs. The ramp conveniently stows and deploys from underneath the floor; creating additional interior space and maneuverability for the wheelchair user and his/her passengers. The ramp is made from a high strength aluminum alloy, and can support loads up to 1000 lbs.
In case of a power failure, VMI incorporates the use of SureDeploy technology. SureDeploy utilizes a secondary power source outside the vehicles own power supply to continue operating the vehicles in-floor ramp system and power sliding door.
The obstacle-free front seats of the VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna hybrid wheelchair accessible van allows for easy removal. The removable seating option allows users to create multiple seating arrangements for both the wheelchair user and his/her passengers. The space up front is even large enough to accommodate two wheelchairs side-by-side if needed.
In addition, VMI introduced a first… Seat switching technology. This allows the switching of the front seats between the driver and passenger position without losing seat functionality. Now, a wheelchair user can be driving from his/her wheelchair, but switch positions with the passenger and only using one seat. The other can be left at home freeing up valuable interior space.
In an effort to reduce ramp angle to make it easier for the wheelchair user to navigate the ramp, the VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna hybrid mobility van features an automatic, integrated “kneeling” system. When the deploy ramp command is initiated, the onboard computer activates an actuator mounted on the rear of the vehicle. When this actuator is engaged, it works to lower the vans ramp side closer to the ground, thus reducing ramp angle. The lower the ramps angle, the easier for someone to enter and exit the vehicle.
The floor from just behind the firewall to the third row seat in the new VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna hybrid mobility van is lowered to create the industry’s largest headroom! This drop in the floor also creates a huge usable door opening height of 56.1 inches. This massive lowering of the floor makes the VMI Northstar, Toyota Sienna hybrid handicap van the ideal solution for the tallest seated wheelchair user.
|Usable Door Opening Height||A||56.1″|
|Usable Door Opening Width||B||29.3″|
|Inside Center Height||C||58.75″|
|Height at Driver & Passenger Position||D||58.75″|
|Angle of Ramp||E||8.8 Degrees|
|Length of Ramp||F||58.5″|
|Usable Ramp Width||G||30″|
|Overall Floor Length||H||86″|
|Length of Floor Behind Front Seats||I||65.5″|
|Width of Interior at B-Pillars||J||59.75″|
|Ramp Load Capacity||1000 lbs.|
Beginning with the 2021 model year, VMI will be including this incredible new feature on all its wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale. ParkSmart™, is an industry exclusive and can only be found on, VMI wheelchair accessible vehicles. It is a patent pending, handicap parking violator deterrent system to help users of their vehicles avoid parking in a handicap accessible parking space and having themselves blocked-in by a careless driver.
The ParkSmart™ system works after the user engages the system via a button found in the interior of the vehicle. As the wheelchair user exits the vehicle, the ParkSmart™ system will engage and activate 30 seconds after the side door is shut. Once engaged the system monitors the passenger side of the vehicle for any objects that come within the acceptable distance of the vehicle that would inhibit the wheelchair user to safely enter their vehicle upon return.
The system works by using the same technology found on rear collision systems of other vehicles that detect object proximity. The only difference in the ParkSmart™ system from VMI, is that in addition to the audible alert given off externally when activated the system also employs a recorded message advising the other driver that they parked too close and to please move their vehicle. Here is a video that demonstrates the ParkSmart™, handicap parking violator deterrent system.
Today’s wheelchairs are larger than ever and many wheelchair accessible vehicles struggle to accommodate their size.
Not VMI with their exclusive Access360 design!
Access360 provides wheelchair users maximum maneuverability inside their vehicles.
Access360 is what allows wheelchair users in the Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van ride in comfort and without space limitations.
Ever been blocked from accessing your mobility van while parking in a handicap space?
No more with VMI’s ParkSmart™!
ParkSmart™ is a new feature on 2021 and newer Toyota Sienna wheelchair vans that alerts anyone who gets to close to the ramp side of the vehicle.
The system provides an automated voice response instructing to clear the obstacle next to the vehicle to allow room for the wheelchair ramp to deploy.
If you’ve ever owned a handicap accessible vehicle, you know that in the past rust has been an issue. However, thanks to VMI, this is not longer a problem.
Every VMI wheelchair accessible vehicle is now built with Galvanneal Steel and is also e-coated to minimize rust.
Because of this advancement, VMI extended it’s rust through corrosion warranty to a full 7 years on all 2021 models and newer.