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A Brief History of 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters

May 06, 2024 -
3 wheel motorbike style mobility scooter

Al Thieme building the Amigo Scooter

Three wheel mobility scooters include some of the most stylish scooters on the market today.

They may be more popular on the continent, but they are becoming increasingly popular in the UK too and we have a great selection here at CareCo.

All scooter types and classes come with 3 wheel options, so whether you're looking for a compact travel scooter, a pavement scooter or a road legal scooter, if you want 3 wheels you've come to the right place!

Did you know that the first ever mobility scooter, the Amigo Scooter, was a 3 wheeler?

The first scooter was developed by American, Al Thieme, in the 1960s. His wife was suffering from multiple sclerosis and to improve her mobility he modified a wheelchair with the motor from a Hoover so she could more easily get around the house.

Pleased with this success, he decided to invent something more suitable for outdoor travel, and the mobility scooter was born - along with Amigo Mobility International, the first mobility scooter company in the world, founded in 1968.

Leap forward 50 years, and mobility scooters can been seen all over the world, and while the four wheel scooter is now the most popular style, many people love their 3 wheeled scooters. 

Classic Careco 3 Wheel Scooters

AirLite 3 - Abilize Trident - Pride Go Go Elite The CareCo AirLite 3 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter (discontinued) was one of our lightest and most compact scooters. It could easily be taken apart for transport in a car boot, making it a perfect choice for a shopping scooter. It had a 8 mile range on a full 10Ah battery too, so is also great for holidays. This was our cheapest 3 wheeled scooter.

The Abilize Trident and Trident XR were the next models up, with a larger, more padded seat and more powerful batteries - the Trident was 12Ah and Trident XR was 18Ah. These were more stylish looking and robust scooters that were equipped with a swivel seat. These have both since been discontinued too.

Big 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters for Road and Pavement

The 3 wheel road legal scooters are becoming the most sought after in this category, especially with the introduction of the TriGlide Cruiser Mobility Scooter, which looks more like a motorbike than the usual scooter. Designed to appeal to motorcyclists and young-at-hearts who want a scooter that will turn heads, the TriGlide Cruiser Mobility Scooter is certainly the most impressive looking of all our scooters. It also has a powerful 1300 watt motor powered by a 100 Ah battery (with a smaller 85Ah option) that can keep going for 35 miles.

Ispired after the iconic film from 1969, the Easy Rider style of mobility scooter, in black and chrome, brings us back full circle to the humble origins of the mobility scooters that came from Al Theime's garage over 50 years ago.

Jon Wade
Jon Wade

Jon has been working at CareCo since 2019. He uses his extensive product knowledge to provide insights and advice on the best mobility aids for every occasion.

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