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The EZ-Shopper 8000 is a top of the line mobility shopping cart, designed for grocery, supermarket and other shopping applications.
If you have customers coming to your stores that find walking difficult or struggle to carry their purchases around this is the in-store mobility scooter that will help them have a safe shopping experience.
Heavy duty features
No worries if your shoppers are heavy and have lots of things to buy - this motorized cart pulls 1000 pounds along with ease, an outstanding figure compared to other such carts on the market.
Other points showing its heavy duty build: a plastic molded shroud that absorbs high impact forces, a steel skeleton made of super strong 1 ¼ powder coated steel. The tiller column is also reinforced by means of an additional metal bracket for utmost robustness.
For ease of maintenance of your store and cart, you get tires which are mark-free and flat free, as well as a plastic washable seat - unlike the faux leather you might see on other mobility scooter models which is harder to clean.
These are both very welcome features when you consider that handicapped shopping carts often find themselves in constant use by one customer followed by another, with greater wear and tear.
Running the scooter cart
The EZ-Shopper 8000 can back up at 1.5 mph - great for stores with narrow isles where users might miss a turn. Note that with proper driving the EZ Shopper enjoys excellent turning and maneuverability despite its transaxle system.
In forward mode, the top speed is 2.5 miles per hour, a perfect speed that isn’t so fast so as to create accidents and mini crashes yet still allows cart riders to proceed at regular pedestrian speed.
Viral image of mobility scooter accident in supermarket
Choose from a generous array of in-stock colors - green, blue, black, gray, red, and tan. You can also have a custom color made to your specification, based on company color themes.
Talking of safety, this supermarket mobility scooter has you covered in a slew of other ways including a short wheel base making tipping practically impossible, a shutoff switch preventing the scooter operating whilst charging, an auxiliary brake which kicks in automatically upon parking, an audio signal when the cart is backing up and of course a warning horn at the users disposal.
This EK-Tech scooter shopping cart is SUL and cUL approved and certified.
Motorized shopping cart weight limit
The weight limit on our disability shopping cart is 1000 lbs - this is the highest you can get in the industry and allows even the heaviest handicapped shoppers to carry a similarly heavy load in the cart’s basket.
How much does an electric shopping cart cost?
The EK Tech: EZ-Shopper 8000 Powered Shopping Cart is on sale at Scooter ‘N Chairs at only $1984.00. This very reasonable price includes free shipping and 0% taxes for most US customers.
Which options are available with our electric cart for stores?
EK Technologies' shopping mobility scooter comes with several options you can decide on based on your particular needs.
Besides customs colored shrouds mentioned above, you can choose between the following:
The front basket comes in two sizes, medium size, suitable for small stores or clothes stores with a volume of 6600 inches cubed, or large, giving you a generous 9100 cubic inches of room.
The latter is preferred by supermarkets where customers need all the space they can for their groceries.
- Handy tray for customer’s small items such as a cellphone, keys
- Optional ignition key (for security) or keyless motor startup
- Armrest are optional for less wear and tear or to accommodate wider shoppers
- Upgrade higher-end gauge with battery charge indicator and approximate remaining run time
- Extra high capacity battery battery set increases per charge usage by ⅓.
In summary, here's a table showing the key specs of this electric shopping cart
|Best in||Name||Use application||Basket size||Charge capacity||Top speed||Weight capacity||Motor power|
|Best Motorized Shopping Cart||EK Tech: EZ-Shopper 8000||Stores and supermarkets||9100 in³||70 Ah||2.5 mph||1000 lbs||0.6 hp|
Advantages of our powered shopping cart
- Direct current motor rated at 0.6 horsepower and dual drive wheels for excellent power
- Drive wheels are below user for superior torque
- Environmentally friendly at 80 percent energy efficiency
- Runs at a pleasant 45 decibels -to conserve your store’s ambiance
- Amazing reliability means you pay less in maintenance costs and the cart is rarely unavailable to customers
- On the rare occasion it might need maintenance, the quick-and-easy flip-back rear deck makes it the most service-friendly cart available.
- We do not have used electric shopping carts for sale. This means you can rest assured that all our carts are under manufacturer warranty and you won’t have any nasty surprises that often come with second hand mobility scooters
Disadvantages of our powered supermarket cart
Shopping mobility scooters are made with a pretty limited use in mind - shopping within stores.
This means they need a smooth area to operate on such as a store’s linoleum or tiles, without bumps or thresholds and aren’t designed to overcome obstacles beneath them.
To keep them sturdy despite all the weight loaded on them, these carts aren't built to disassemble and are very heavy to lift.
The top speed will be low to enhance safety in store and plush seats aren't available as they pose wear and tear as well as hygiene issues in such applications.
Bottom line, if you need a mobility scooter for any other use but inside stores, the EZ Shopper is not the one for you - check out our full range of mobility scooter for other uses here.
Who manufactures electric shopping carts?
EZ-Shopper 8000 carts are constructed in the United States by Electro Kinetic Technologies. EK-Tech, as they are otherwise known are experts with 25 years of experience in the field of ergonomically focused solutions.
From their Germantown, WI 85,000 foot² facility, they produce industrial level products, including their Retail Group, which manufactures the E-Z Shopper cart scooter mentioned in this article.
What is a motorized shopping cart?
Motorized shopping carts are essentially mobility scooters designed for use in stores, malls and supermarkets. They are electrically powered and defined by extremely large front baskets for shoppers to deposit their intended purchases as they shop around a store.
Another way to look at these devices is shopping carts powered by electric drive wheels with a seat attached for the user to sit on as they shop.
Other names are there for motorized shopping carts
- Electric Cart
- Scooter Cart
- Mobility shopping cart
- Supermarket mobility scooter
Who are shopping mobility scooters intended for?
Though adult scooters are often associated with people unable to walk, motorized shopping carts appeal to and are necessitated by a larger crowd.
Think people who are generally able to walk, but not the long distances required in a mall or large Supermarket. Many elderly customers or those with health conditions are fine with walking, but the added strain of carrying shopping around goes beyond their abilities.
How do you use a motorized shopping cart?
Handicapped store scooters are operated pretty much in the same as regular mobility scooters. There is a steering column positioning in front of the passengers’ legs, and invariably a wig-wag lever system for forward or reverse functions.
Turning is achieved as on a bicycle - by turning the control area to the direction of choice.
Can anyone use the electric carts at stores?
For the reasons delineated above, many stores have a policy where anyone can use their mobility shopping carts, even though they enter the store without any mobility aids or clear symptoms of disability.
We often find stores buy a few such scooters to allow not only the most needy to benefit from a cart but also those for whom an electric cart is a major help to their shopping abilities.
Of course this has to work within reason to avoid fully able-bodied customers using the carts for fun.
Why buy an electric shopping cart?
Besides the obvious help it provides to shoppers who need them, there is a strong business case for getting a supermarket mobility scooter for your store.
With very minimal running costs, store owners report increase in bottom line performance, fueled by customers who either would not be able to shop with them at all, or are now spending longer in-store and picking more items off the shelves with the knowledge that all is being taken care of by their mobility cart.
Are stores required to provide electric carts?
The ADA stipulates as a requirement that store owners accommodate mobility scooter users entering their premises. However, this does not mean they are responsible to provide shopping mobility aids.
It is up to each store and organisation to decide whether to provide this service to less able customers. As mentioned above, the benefits of offering personal shopping mobility aids to customers make it in the interest of the shop themselves to accommodate such customers regardless of the the lack of legal obligation.
Mobility scooters in shops
Collision risk: Scooter user in close proximity of other shoppers
Using personal mobility scooters in supermarkets
Why should stores get motorized carts for their customers if disabled customers have their own mobility scooters anyhow?
Firstly, there are many people who aren’t at the stage where they need a mobility scooter to get around, yet would appreciate one and purchase more items if offered one at a store.
Shopping presents extra strains such as standing for long periods, pushing heavy carts and walking longer distances than usual.
Also consider that using standard mobility scooters inside stores has disadvantages to both the patient and the store, including:
- Basket is many many times smaller, leading to less purchases
- Turning radius may not be suited to narrow store aisles
- Personal scooters not designed for stores can be too powerful for your store’s environment, leading to collisions
- Weight capacity on normal disability scooters aren’t designed to include the extra weight of shopping which can often be more than the weight of the rider themselves!
The image below demonstrates how disability scooter riders have no place to put their shopping
This table shows standard mobility scooters compared with powered shopping carts
|Large front basket||Quiet operation||Good for tight spaces||Ultra high weight capacity||Navigates obstacles||Available to all||Travel friendly||Wear and Tear|
|Standard mobility scooter||No||Sometimes||Sometimes||No||Yes||No||No||High|
|Powered shopping cart||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Low|
This video clip shows use of a standard mobility scooter in a supermarket:
Which stores have motorized shopping carts
You will most often find powered carts in grocery stores such as:
- Giant Food
- Trader Joe’s
- WinCo Foods
- Whole Foods Market
Shopping scooters are also very prominent in superstores such as Wlamart, Costco and Target.
In other departments like home improvement stores, department stores and outdoors stores, the trend to have mobility cart scooters available for disabled customers is growing steadily, with more stores starting to offer this service as time goes on.
Supermarket motorized shopping cart policies
Having powered carts in your store will mean you’ll have to decide on some kind of policy to deter abuse of the service.
Customers using carts as prank tools, or customers who aren’t disabled making use of the carts will need to be approached.
Will you allow (disabled) children to use the electric shopping carts? Points to consider: Children might not have the same control over the vehicle that adults do and will be riding a scooter that was designed for a user much larger than them.
You also need to decide whether you’ll allow carts outdoors for shoppers to be able to get right until their cars with the cart. If yes, bear in mind the risk of rain damage and/or obstacles along the way causing issues to both the rider and your cart.