VMI Honda Odyssey Wheelchair Van
The Honda Odyssey Northstar Access360 is the industries newest handicap accessible vehicle from Vantage Mobility International (VMI). Integrated with a full-power, in-floor ramp system, the unobstructed door opening on this new conversion has a usable width for wheelchair users of 30.5-inches and a door opening height of 55.25-inches. These new dimensions make the VMI Honda Odyssey handicap accessible van larger than its competitor. The new VMI Honda wheelchair van is even engineered with an additional .75-inches of ground clearance to reduce scraping while going over raised surfaces or uneven surfaces; something that can be problematic in vehicles from its competitors. The new VMI wheelchair van is also engineered with their most advanced noise-reducing technology to create a much-quieter and more-comfortable ride than it’s predecessor.
In addition, the Honda Northstar Access360 wheelchair van from VMI has a full-factory climate control system in front AND rear (something not found in its closest competitor) where OEM rear air/heating vents have been disconnected. The new Odyssey also features an added rear crash mitigation bar for added safety in a collision, and features 1-year of VMI Assurance – a new Complimentary Mobility Roadside Assistance program that VMI has rolled out in select markets.
Automatic Doors and Power Wheelchair Ramp
The Northstar Access360 conversion on the new Honda Odyssey wheelchair accessible vehicle features a patented, ultra-low, in-floor wheelchair ramp system with a 30-inch wide ramp surface and a 8.65-degree ramp angle for added ease of entry and exit. The in-floor wheelchair ramp conveniently deploy’s from and stows underneath the floor of the vehicle, creating additional interior space and maneuverability for wheelchair users and his/her passengers. The new ramp is made from high-strength aluminum alloy and can now support loads up to 1000 lbs.
Automatic Kneeling Feature
In an effort to reduce ramp angle and make it easier for the wheelchair user to enter and exit his/her vehicle, this VMI wheelchair van conversion features an automatic, integrated “kneeling” system. When a deploy ramp command is initiated from the key-fob or set of interior switches, the on-board computer activates an actuator that is mounted on the rear passenger side of the vehicle’s suspension. Once engaged, the actuator works to lower the vans ramp-side of the vehicle, thus in return reducing ramp angle to only 8.65-degrees. This is especially important to those in manual wheelchairs. (This option can also be turned off or on with a switch on the dash as needed or so desired).
Removable Front Seating
The new Honda mobility van uses obstacle-free front, interchangeable seating which allows for easy removal and usage. This new seating design allows for multiple seating arrangements for not only the wheelchair user but passengers as well. The new interchangeable seating is a great feature only found on select VMI wheelchair vans and it allows users the ability to load one seat and switch from one-side to the other as needed. EXAMPLE: (Wheelchair user may start out on a trip driving from his/her wheelchair, but after some time become fatigued. The installed seat on the passenger side can easily be moved from the passenger to the driving position to now allow the passenger to drive while the wheelchair user takes a break).
The space up front is also large enough to accommodate two wheelchairs side-by-side if needed.
Corrosion Resistant Galvanneal Flooring
All new VMI Northstar wheelchair accessible conversions have floors made from Galvanneal Steel and are E-coated for optimal rust and corrosion prevention. This new material and advanced process in manufacturing makes new VMI wheelchair vans highly-resistant to rust issues found on vehicles from the past and even some of its current competitors. The new steel also has an increased tensile strength which results in a stronger and more durable construction.
Take A (Virtual Tour) Of Various Vehicle Conversions
Follow this link to take a virtual tour of the inside of various wheelchair accessible vehicles that are currently available. How Cool!Virtual 360 Tour