How It’s Built: Handicap Van Conversions
By working closely with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), VMI has developed a state-of-the-art mobility van conversion facility featuring the latest in assembly-line technology and CAD software. Every handicap van conversion goes through an extensive process that begins with the removal of interior components and undercarriage, and concludes with a 200-point inspection and extensive road test.
The process for building a VMI-converted Toyota, Honda, Dodge or Chrysler handicap-accessible van is complex. Refined by the Lean Six Sigma methodology, this cutting-edge process can transform an ordinary vehicle into a new level of independence for wheelchair users.
Without compromising the integrity of the original chassis, drive train, brakes or suspension systems, we completely rework each van. The floor is replaced, lines lengthened, body cladding revised, suspension modified and seating adjusted to accommodate a wheelchair. Every wheelchair-accessible vehicle maintains the same integrity and character it was originally designed with, but then gets personalized for each customer with paint, style and finish.
We take every step possible to guarantee accuracy and quality in every detail, inside and out. Our assembly line utilizes a series of checkpoints throughout the handicap van conversion process to ensure functionality and repeatability. Each system and step has been thoroughly engineered, tested and approved by the original vehicle manufacturers. VMI vans deliver the perks and safety of the OEM vehicle, plus the most convenient and user-friendly wheelchair-accessible capabilities available on the market.