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The Austin Phoenix

Kenguru

September 15, 2014
Think about your typical Friday evening: you head home from work, stop by the grocery store to buy dinner. 

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BIGTIME Small Business

4 Superstar Business Women You Need To Follow

August 8, 2014
Some business women just stand out in a crowd. 

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Technology Options for Special Needs

Kenguru Car

July 31, 2014
Some individuals with disabilities can get around town with their manual wheelchairs, but often they have to rely on public transportation or a local van ride. 

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MedCity News

Texas lawyer building hatchback cars made for people in wheelchairs

June 19, 2014
For people in wheelchairs, activities like going to work, the grocery store, or get-togethers with relatives require getting a ride from someone or paying for taxi service. 

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Heise

Das Drive-In-Auto

June 2, 2014
Ein Fahrzeug, in das Rollstuhlfahrer hineinrollen konnen: Das kann nicht so schwer zu bauen sein, dachte Istvan Kissaroslaki.

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Entrepreneur

This Startup Is Revolutionizing Mobility for Wheelchair Users

May 21, 2014
Stacy Zoern isn't reinventing the wheel--not yet, anyway.

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Austin Business Journal

Electric vehicle maker raises more capital

May 12, 2014
Electric vehicle maker Kenguru Inc. reported raising $815,506 of a planned $3.7 million financing. 

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The Green Car Website

Electric car offers hope of cheaper transport for disabled drivers

April 17, 2014
A new electric car, designed especially for wheelchair users is to launch in the US this year. 

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BudNews

KENGURU: THE CRUISER. MOBILITY FOR THE DISABLE PEOPLE

April 14, 2014
A special car that has been developed for the disabled is now under amelioration. 

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Elan Professional Recruitment

Kenguru - The Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair Users

April 11, 2014
Stacy Zoern was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

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SIERRA

An Electric Car For Wheelchairs

March 27, 2014
Istvan Kissaroslaki was working in finance in Germany when he became sick -- sick enough that he had to stop working for six months.

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Engineering

KENGURU - The Electric Vehicle For Wheelchair Users

February 28, 2014
Stacy Zoern was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

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The Atlantic Cities

An Electric Car Designed Especially for People in Wheelchairs

February 12, 2014
For people in wheelchair, finding convenient ways to get around is a huge obstacle.

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Grist

This Electric Car Specifically Designed for People in Wheelchairs

February 11, 2014
In 2001, Austin lawyer Stacy Zoern totaled her van.

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NationSwell

A Cute Little Car That Takes Wheelchair Users Everywhere

February 10, 2014
A new electric vehicle, the Kenguru, promises disabled people much needed independence and freedom.

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Planetsave

Kenguru EV: The Wheelchair-Friendly Neighborhood Car

February 1, 2014
More than three million Americans can celebrate when they hear this story.

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Blackle Mag

Driving Options for All

October 13, 2013
For most wheelchair users a modified vehicle costing up to $80,000 is their only option.

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Full of Knowledge

 

An Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair Users

September 18, 2013
One unique problem that wheelchair users face, is that they have very few available transportation options.

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White House Blog

Accelerating Startup Success to Spur Economic Growth

8/29/13
Teams of entrepreneurs often come together in programs knows as "startup accelerators" to learn from mentors, hone their products, and ultimately make pitches to investors - whose early support can make all the difference between a company's successful launch and a good idea gone unfunded.

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O Magazine

On A Roll

August 1, 2013
In 2010 Stacy Zoern - who uses a wheelchair because of a congenital neuromuscular disease - felt trapped in the ten-block radius in Austin where she lived and worked as an attorney.

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Austin Monthly

Hot Wheels

August 1, 2013
Perhaps it was a little more than serendipity that brought Austin lawyer Stacy Zoern and Bedapest entrepreneur Istvan Kissaroslaki together.

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5 Election

KENGURU: The First Drive-From-Wheelchair EV

August 1, 2013
Though its undoubtedly true to say that mobility vehicles designed for wheelchair access exist, like AM General's MV-1, these generally regulate the wheelchair user to backseat passenger.

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Walking is Overrated

I Want This Car!

July 28, 2013
"The Kenguru car is smaller than a smart car. There's just enough room to fit a person in a wheelchair," she says.

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Accessible Thailand

Wheelchair accessible vehicles by Kenguru

July 27, 2013
No need to get a costly conversion made up - this American company have created a nifty, environmentally-friendly electric car for wheelchair users.

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The Seattle Times

Wheelchair user who couldn't find vehicle, starts a company to build one

June 21, 2013
For years, Stacy Zoern, a Texas laywer who lives along and uses a 400-pound power wheelchair, yearned for more independence.

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KLBJ

Snark Tank: Stacy Zoern

June 12, 2013
The Austin lawyer made the Kenguru, which is a wheelchair-accessible electric car, more accessible to those who need it.

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Disability Network

An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair

June 9, 2012
For years, Stacy Zoern, a Texas lawyer who lives along and uses a 400-pound power wheelchair, yeard for more independence.

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WESH News - Orlando

New wheelchair-accessible car built in Titusville

June 8, 2013
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Computerized machines in Titusville are cutting out the shape of the future - a new kind of car intended for wheelchair users.

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InsideEVS.com

 

How a Wheelchair-Bound Individual Almost Single-Handedly Saved an Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

June 8, 2013
Stacy Zoern is certainly an unknown individual in the electric vehicle industry, but it is she who almost single-handedly saved an electric vehicle manufacturer.

 

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PR Newswire

 

Enhanced Capital Partners' Funds Invest in Community Cars

June 3, 2013
Getting vehicles that are adapted for people in wheelchairs used to require making costly and cumbersome modifications to minivans.

 

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Chicago Tribune

 

Roll in and drive: Electric car fits wheelchair users

May 31, 2013
A few years ago, Stacy Zoern was doing some online research on transportation.

 

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Tribune-Review

 

Wheelchair-bound woman's passion for independence drives electric-car prototype

May 25, 2013
A few years ago, Stacy Zoern was doing some online research on transportation.

 

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Culture Map Austin

 

Local entrepreneur produces first all-electric smart car for drivers in wheelchairs

May 22, 2013
"One of my main concerns was that I was going to pass out," Stacy Zoern says jokingly. She and I are at a coffee shop in downtown Austin, and Zoern is giving me the scoop on meeting President Obama two weeks back.

 

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Business Week

 

Austin company's vision: wheelchair-friendly electric vehicles

May 11, 2013
A few years ago, Stacy Zoern was doing some online research on transportation.

 

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Austin American Statesman

 

Austin company’s vision: wheelchair-friendly electric vehicles

May 11, 2013
A few years ago , Stacy Zoern was doing some online research on transportation. Zoern, 33, an Austin attorney, has never walked due to a neuromuscular condition and has always used a wheelchair.

 

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The White House

 

Behind the Scenes: President Obama's Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour

May 10, 2013
President Obama traveled to Austin, Texas, kicking off a series of Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours focused on creating a strong and vibrant economy built on good middle class jobs.

 

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The White House

 

President Obama Talks Jobs, Skills and Opportunity in Austin

May 9, 2013
Today President Obama traveled to Austin, Texas, kicking off a series of Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours focused on creating a strong and vibrant economy built on good middle class jobs.

 

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Empower Network

 

New Car Wraps Around Wheelchair

April 23, 2013

ON THE ROAD Stacy Zoern's company, Community Cars, plans to build and sell Kenguru neighborhood cars tailored to wheelchair users.

 

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Austin Business Journal

 

Pflugerville electric car maker attracts national attention

April 23, 2013

The Pflugerville company making tiny electric cars has gotten some big attention lately.

Community Cars Inc., developer of a vehicle called the Kenguru, is featured in an April 19 story in The New York Times.

 

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Herald Tribune

 

A global effort to provide mobility

April 20, 2013

For years, Stacy Zoern, a Texas lawyer who lives along and uses a 400-pound power wheelchair, yearned for more independence.

 

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New York Times

 

An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair

April 19, 2013
For years, Stacy Zoern, a Texas lawyer who lives alone and uses a 400-pound power wheelchair, yearned for more independence. Because of a neuromuscular condition, Ms. Zoern, 33, has never walked, and for a while drove a custom van. But the van was destroyed in a crash, and she didn’t have $80,000 to buy another.

 

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Easter Seals Technology

 

Electric Wheelchair Accessible Car now being manufactured in the United States

January 24, 2013
Stacy Zoern, a lawyer based out of Texas, was having trouble finding an affordable accessible vehicle.

 

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EveryDay Health

 

Smart Car Gives Wheelchair Users the Keys to Mobility

December 12, 2012
A lifetime in a wheelchair drove Stacy Zoern to merge with a Hungarian company to build the wheelchair-accessible 'Kenguru' in the United States.

 

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Wheeling Out

 

Kenguru - A Wheelchair-Accessible Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

December 9, 2012

This is soooo cool! I am envious. I love my battery-powered wheelchair and wish I could have one of these but I feel that my lack of coordination could get me in serious trouble!

 

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Dynamic Inventions

 

Kenguru

December 9, 2012

Good things come in small packages. And the latest Kenguru car fits that description!

 

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Katerva

 

Kenguru

November 30, 2012
Transportation is a huge obstacle for people with disabilities, who are often unnecessarily disconnected from their communities. 

 

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Austin Startup

 

Austin Chamber Announces 2012 “A List” Winners

November 1, 2012
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce yesterday recognized 28 innovative technology start-ups as members of The Chamber’s 2012 A-List at a ceremony at Capital Factory. Recognition as an A-List Company is intended to increase the visibility of some of Austin’s great regional technology startups seeking – and deserving – funding. 

 

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Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities

 

Gov. Rick Perry Congratulates 2012 Lex Frieden Award Winners

October 22, 2012

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PR Newswire

 

TechConnect and CTSI Announce i2i Awardees at SXSW Eco

October 3, 2012
TechConnect, in partnership with SXSW Eco and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), have announced their 2012 Innovation to Inspiration - i2i Awards winners.

 

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PN Magazine

 

A Car Built for You

October 1, 2012
A low-speed electric vehicle is built from the ground up for wheelchair users.

 

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The Rock River Times

 

Electric mobility vehicles make life easier for handicapped

September 19, 2012
There was an evening not long ago that I was headed home from Loves Park toward New Milford.

 

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Fast Company

 

This Awesome Tiny Car Has A Secret: Its Driver Is In A Wheelchair

September 19, 2012
All Stacy Zoern wanted was a car she could safely drive on her own. Born with a genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy, the intellectual property lawyer uses a wheelchair to get around her downtown Austin neighborhood and calls friends when she needs a ride.

 

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New Mobility

 

People in the News: Stacy Zoern

September 1, 2012

Stacy Zoern may not become the next Henry Ford, but she's determined to give peole with disabilities the Kenguru, a cleaner and more affordable mode of transportation.

 

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Electric Cars are for Girls

 

Kenguru NEV for Wheelchairs: Roll in, and roll ON

August 27, 2012
The Kenguru NEV is pretty much the PERFECT around-town vehicle for wheelchair users.

 

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Daily Brink

 

Entrepreneur with drive

August 27, 2012
Unfortunately, wheelchair-bound individuals do not have the luxury of choosing an auto because there is simply no market catered directly to them. Stacy Zoern, an author-turned-attorney-turned-entrepreneur, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when she was two.

 

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Austin Post

 

Pflugerville’s Kenguru Cars Give Wheelchair Users Real Mobility

August 26, 2012
We live in the future, walking around with our pocket communicators that bounce messages off orbital satellites so we can ask vital life-changing questions like whether it'll be curry or Mexican takeout tonight.

 

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Glickman Design Build

 

The Kenguru: A Vehicle for the Wheelchair Bound

August 14, 2012
Stacy Zoern has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has never walked. As a published author, at the age of twenty years old she wrote a memoir entitled "I Like to Run Too: Two Decades of Sitting." She is also a public speaker and is well connected to the disability community.

 

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GOOD Is

 

Car 2.0: An Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair-Bound Drivers

August 13, 2012

If you get around in a wheelchair, you often find yourself depending on friends and family for the simplest errands - a trip to the doctor's office, an outing to the movies, even just picking up milk.

 

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Earth 911

 

First Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair Users Rolls Out

August 8, 2012
For most wheelchair users, the simple act of driving means paying $100,000 or more for a modified vehicle. Cheaper modifications are available in some cases, but typically require drivers to physically drag their wheelchairs over themselves to get into the driver's seat – a feat of upper-body strength that is impossible for some.

 

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Energy Korea

 

First Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair Users Rolls Out

August 3, 2012

For most wheelchair users, the simple act of driving means paying $100,000 or more for a modified vehicle.

 

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Earth Techling

 

Kenguru Electric Car Offers Mobility for Wheelchair Bound

August 3, 2012

Often when we talk about electric cars here at Earth Techling we speak of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or those from Tesla Motors.

 

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Disabled Life Media

 

Electric Vehicle for Wheelchair Users Coming Soon!

August 2, 2012

KENGURU, A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) has been showcased all over the place and was at the NYC Abilities Expo.

 

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Design Boom

 

Kenguru wheelchair friendly electric car

July 26, 2012
Based out of Texas, start-up company Community Cars has developed an affordable commuting option for users restricted to wheelchair access.

 

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Disability Network

 

Community Cars: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

July 26, 2012

Stacy Zoern ewas born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy, and has never walked.

 

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Digital Trends

 

From Two Wheels to Four: Kenguru EV offers new level of mobility for wheelchair users

July 24, 2012

Those of us that love to drive often take for granted the fact that we're fortunate enough to have a pair of dangling bone-poles we call legs. Sadly, others are less fortunate.

 

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Gizmag

 

Kenguru, the first drive-from-wheelchair EV, enters production

July 23, 2012
Though its undoubtedly true to say that mobility vehicles designed for wheelchair access exist, like AM General's MV-1 these generally relegate the wheelchair user to backseat passenger.

 

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Design Launches

 

Kenguru: An ideal Wheelchair-Accessible Green Electric Vehicle

July 13, 2012

Wheelchair bound people face unique mobility challenges when it comes to transportation.

 

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Austin Post

 

Pflugerville's Kenguru Cars Give Wheelchair Users Real Mobility

July 8, 2012

We link in the future, walking around with our pocket communicators that bounce messages off orbital satellites so we can ask vital life-changing questions like whether it'll be curry or Mexican takeout tonight.

 

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Universal Design

 

Kenguru

June 30, 2012

The Kenguru is an electric vehicle specifically designed for wheelchair users.

 

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Huffington Post

 

Kenguru Electric Vehicle offers Green Mobility Options for Wheelchair Users

June 16, 2012

A recent addition to the electric vehicle market hopes to bring green transportation to more individuals that use wheelchairs.

 

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Translogic

 

Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible EV

June 11, 2012
One major issue facing transportation is accessibility, especially for those in wheelchairs. From public to personal transit, a wheelchair presents unique mobility challenges. Sure, it's possible to outfit existing vehicles for wheelchair accessibility, but the process is expensive and doesn't always yield a complete, integrated solution.

 

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KEYE TV

 

Local Carmaker Sees Big Future for Their Small Cars

April 20, 2012
In an industrial park in Pflugerville, you'll find an assembly line turning our a new kind of small car. The Kenguru is a no-frills electric car that can carry one passenger seated in their wheelchair. Stacy Zoern, an Austin attorney, came across the Hungarian car when she was looking for a vehicle for herself.

 

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KXAN News

 

Kenguru vehicles begins shipping

April 9, 2012
A Pflugerville company is now shipping its unique electric vehicles all over the world.

 

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Austin Business Journal

 

Slideshow: Tiny electric cars ship from Austin

April 6, 2012
Community Cars Inc. shipped its first finished vehicles on April 6.

 

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Austin Woman Magazine

 

Up and Coming


March 1, 2012
Some companies project growth on spreadsheets. Others do it on something more tangible. Stacy Zoern leads me to her second warehouse, a towering concrete-andsteel space that yawns, darkly vacant.

 

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PFLAG

 

Community Cars sets up in Pflugerville

February 24, 2012

For many, their first taste of independence comes from their first car. For someone who is wheelchair-bound, a car is just another obstacle to overcome.

 

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Quest MDA

 

Entrepreneur with SMA Starts Accessible Car Company

February 22, 2012
Stacy Zoern has entered yet a new phase in her already eventful life — this time at 25 miles per hour.

 

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KXAN News

 

Car changes life of wheelchair-bound

January 19, 2012
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - Thursday a one-of-a-kind car will roll out of Pflugerville, a model that could change the lives of those who use manual wheelchairs

 

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KXAN News

 

One-of-a-kind Community Cars roll out

January 19, 2012
PFLUGERVILLE Texas (KXAN) - A one-of-a-kind car will roll out of Pflugerville -- type of car that could change the life of someone who uses a wheelchair.

 

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Community Impact

 

First Kenguru electric vehicle rolls of the line in Pflugerville

January 19, 2012

The first Kenguru - the small, yellow electric vehicle designed to be driven in a wheelchair - was unveiled Thursday in Pflugerville, several years after Community Cars found Stacy Zoern first saw the design for the car online.

 

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Austinist

 

Pflugerville CEO Launching Kenguru Car Next Week

January 12, 2012
KVUE tipped us off to the upcoming launch of the Kenguru, a small car designed specifically for people in wheelchairs. Stacy Zoern, the CEO of the Pflugerville branch for production, has worked tirelessly with the Hungarian developers to bring the game-changing vehicle to the U.S. Next Thursday, she'll have a grand opening at Community Cars.

 

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KVUE News

 

Pflugerville car maker unveils "The Kenguru"

January 11, 2012

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- From the outside it's easy to miss -- a business so new there's not even a sign on the door. But on the inside, a flurry of hands help shape the future of transportation.

 

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KVUE News

 

Woman's dream for independence brings company to Central Texas

July 15, 2011
A woman's desire to be independent and drive a car by herself sent her on a global search.

 

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Austin Business Journal

 

Pflugerville approves $100K incentive for car manufacturer

July 6, 2011
The Pflugerville City Council approved Tuesday a $100,000 grant for a wheelchair-accessible electric car maker to build an assembly plant.

 

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Austin Business Journal

 

Pflugerville OKs incentive deal with electric car maker

July 5, 2011
Pflugerville officials approved giving $100,000 in economic incentives to an electric vehicle manufacturer to create 30 local jobs.

 

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Austin Business Journal

 

Austin lawyer brings Hungary automaker here

February 18, 2011
Austin lawyer Stacy Zoern called a struggling Hungarian company last year simply to buy a wheelchair-accessible electric car. Now she’s running the business, relocating it here and raising the capital so it can open an assembly plant in Pflugerville north of Austin.

 

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