July 1, 2011

Amigos to be used inside Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia

This week marked an exciting week for Amigo Mobility. After a year of negotiations and ironing out details, 99 customized Amigo RD (rear drive) models were loaded into a 40 ft. shipping container, bound for Saudi Arabia.

The Amigos will be used inside the Grand Mosque, which rests on 88 acres of land and holds up to four million people. Once during their lifetime, Muslims are required to make the journey to the Grand Mosque in what is called a "Hajj" or pilgrimage. The pilgrimage occurs during the months of August and November. This year, pilgrims with walking limitations will rely on the assistance of Amigo POV/scooters built in Michigan.

The customized RD units include a pre-programmed maximum speed of 4.1 mph, larger batteries, surround bumper with stability wheels, rear bumper cover,  and underbody plate to protect from sand and moisture. Also included in the order were 10 Tag-a-Long seats which are hitched to the back of the Amigo and allow for a passenger to be transported.

The details that were addressed from receiving the first email to closing up the shipping container were numerous. Logistically, problem-solving was the name of the game when it came to orchestrating an order of this magnitude. 

Currently the container is en route to the Charleston, S.C. port before being loaded in the Saudi Arabia-bound ship. Expected arrival in Jeddah is late July.

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