Stacy Zoern has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has never walked. As a published author, at the age of twenty years old she wrote a memoir entitled “I Like to Run Too: Two Decades of Sitting.” She is also a public speaker and is well connected to the disability community.
She is the owner of Community Cars in Pflugerville TX where she manufactures automobiles for wheel chair bound people.
At Community Cars, Stacy and her team have recently begun producing low speed electric vehicles that are purpose built for people in wheelchairs: the Kenguru. The Kenguru is 100% electric, has a top speed of 25mph (federally regulated), is street legal for community use, has a range of 60 miles, and most importantly, is built from the ground up specifically for a person in a wheelchair. The current model is made for manual wheelchair users and is driven with a motorcyle handlebar. However, this model is too small to accommodate a power wheelchair, and is too difficult to drive for most power chair users. The CEO, Stacy Zoern, raised money to bring this company to the U.S. from Hungary, quit her job practicing law, and is doing everything in her power to get the Kenguru on the market to change lives! She is personally tired of being dependent on other people all the time and looks forward to a time when she can independently get to work, go to the movies, get to the doctor, and meet her friends out! But Stacy is also still waiting, because she uses a power chair and needs the “joystick” driven Kenguru for power chair users. They are currently raising money to support this project; find out how you can donate here!
Also, check out this YouTube video for a visual introduction to Community Cars, the Kenguru and Stacy Zoern The Kenguru