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Giving full-size vans a lift

With full-size vans being higher off the ground, lifts, rather than ramps, are often the better access choice. The BraunAbility Under Vehicle Lift (UVL) is designed to stow below, as its name implies, without infringing on precious interior space. As shown in the inset photo on the left, the UVL, when summoned with its controller, moves out from its under-floor storage space and down, flush to the ground. After maneuvering onto the lift, the wheelchair user elevates to the van’s interior floor height and then moves on into the vehicle. The up/down movements of the UVL are hydraulic, while the in/out movements are electrically controlled. Price: $10,000. BraunAbility, (800) 488-0359.