Electric Wheelchairs

Electric wheelchairs, also called powerchairs, come in all shapes and sizes from standard to specialist covering adults to children. They offer independence to clients who struggle with a manual wheelchair. We supply a large range of specialist and standard power chairs and with suppliers such as Dietz, Invacare, Sunrise Medical we are confident we can advise you on the right solution for you. In order to find the right solution, we carry out a full assessment free of charge. To discuss in more detail please call or fill in the online form.

Your Frequently Asked Questions about Electric Wheelchairs

What happens at an electric wheelchair assessment?

We always recommend that you have an assessment when looking at any mobility product especially This can either be completed within your own home or at one of our local stores. The assessment would take into account your clinical needs, lifestyle, environment and your carers or family. In order to facilitate finding the right one for you, we can take into account seat width and depth through to pressure seating.

Which electric wheelchair is best?

With so many different makes and models out there such as Invacare, Dietz, Pride and Sunrise Medical it can be a difficult question to answer. However, from our point of view, the best electric wheelchair is the one that suits you. It’s about finding the right solution for you which is where we come in. Assessing your mobility means we can get your requirements right the first time. We have helped hundreds of wheelchair users to find the right wheelchair for them so you in safe, and very experienced, hands.

How much does an electric wheelchair cost?

The cost of an electric wheelchair or power chair is determined by what you want it for. Is it for indoor use or outdoor use? Will you be going a long-distance? What are your personal requirements for comfortability which includes pressure seating? There are other questions that need to be asked in order to find the right solution for you. Costs can range from £1,000 through to £21,000 plus!

What is the best lightweight electric wheelchair?

As electric wheelchairs come in all shapes and sizes and uses it is difficult to say which one is best. Some of the lightest electric wheelchairs are probably ones that have a power pack attached. These are specifically for assisted movement and not used for full independent self-movement as the power packs are not built for this. On the smaller end of the market lighter electric wheelchairs such as the Rascal Rio or similar size come in handy if looking for one that will go into a car.

Pride I Go Lite Lightweight electric wheelchair
Pride I Go Lite – an example of a lightweight electric wheelchair

How do I choose an electric wheelchair?

Choosing wheelchairs can be a very personal thing. It is our role to facilitate the right mobility choice for you. Think about the following:

What should I look for when buying an electric wheelchair or power chair?

What is the difference between powered wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, power chairs and powerchairs?

Nothing! These are all names that are associated with this type of mobility product.

Do I have to pay VAT on a wheelchair?

There are certain mobility items such as wheelchairs that are VAT-free if you have an illness or are disabled. You can qualify if you have an illness that is treated has been classed as a chronic illness such as diabetes or physical or mental impairment that affects your ability to carry out everyday activities such as blindness. Your local mobility shop will be able to discuss more with you or you can find more information on the UK government website if you click here.

If you’re looking to buy a wheelchair but don’t know where to start, please get in touch with us at our contact page or call one of our local stores. We cover Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We’re always happy to explain the market to prospective customers and discuss your needs, and ensure from the vast range of wheelchairs you get the one that suits your needs the best.

Assessment & Consultation

We are happy to make home visits when necessary and possible, and we will bring a selection of our products with us to demonstrate.


We will deliver your mobility aids ourselves whenever practical, provided you live within a 30 to 40 mile radius of our branches.


We know how important your mobility aids are to your wellbeing. That’s why we offer servicing and maintenance of all our wheelchairs.

Contact us

For a no obligation telephone consultation please call us or fill out our online form.

Northampton: 01604 580 600
Bicester: 01869 253 976
Banbury: 01295 252 722
Email: info@shiremobility.co.uk

We have three mobility shops situated in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire that are located in Northampton (our head office), Bicester and Banbury.