Thousands of Americans live with a debilitating illness or injury that can require them to live in a wheelchair. Living with limited mobility can be restricting, and at times, extremely frustrating. It is difficult for someone to lose their independence, depending on others for their daily activities. The use of electric wheelchairs or power wheelchairs has improved the lives of many disabled individuals.

The terms electric wheelchair and power wheelchair can be used interchangeably. They both refer to a motorized wheelchair that uses an electric motor powered by rechargeable batteries. Electric wheel chairs are designed for indoor use, but most can be used outside as well. There are many different styles and features of electric wheelchairs to choose from. Electric wheelchairs offer various functions that are useful and sometimes necessary for the health and ability to function of the user.