Press Release

Stenkullen 1 February 2017

BraunAbility introduces a completely silent wheelchair lift

Noise can have a major negative impact on the work environment of a commercial driver. As positive as wheelchair lifts are for accessibility, they pose an unfortunate health issue for the vehicle’s driver. 

When we studied customer’s needs and wants, noise reduction was the one thing that stood out. In short, everyone had the opinion that all wheelchair lifts makes too much noise, says Phillip Bell, Director of Product Portfolio - Lifts

Acoustics isn’t the primary expertise of the BraunAbility engineers, so the company brought in help from Professor Mark French, Acoustics expert at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. Together the team were able to identify and silence all sources of noise in a wheelchair lift. The result is the new BraunAbility Q-Series wheelchair lift.

Noise measurements performed with various lifts on a so-called rumble strip showed that the noise from the Q-Series was indistinguishable from the noise in the empty van. Various competitor lifts were also measured and showed an increase of loudness in noise up to 19 dBA. That is almost four times as loud as the empty van.

Autoadapt AB

Founded in 1996, Swedish Autoadapt is a leading manufacturer of vehicle adaptation solutions for people with limited mobility. Autoadapt offers many award-winning and safety-tested solutions, such as the Turny Evo and the Carony-system. Autoadapt is part-owned by BraunAbility with sales/service responsibility for their products in Europe and the Middle East.



BraunAbility is the world's leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ralph Braun the company has grown into the most well-known and trusted name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to millions of individuals across the world. BraunAbility is a wholly owned subsidiary to Patricia Industries, a division of Investor Group. 

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Peter Wahlsten

Press contact

Executive Vice President
+46 302-254 54



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