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Powered Wheelchair Market - By Product (Front Wheel Drive, Mid Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive), By Technology (Standard Powered Wheelchair, Smart Wheelchair), By Patient, By Portability, By Application, By Distribution Channel, By End-use, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5282
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Powered Wheelchair Market Size

Powered Wheelchair Market size was valued at around USD 2.7 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach over USD 4.8 billion by 2032, expanding at a 5.8% CAGR. The growing prevalence of chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and technological advancements in powered wheelchairs is set to drive the industry growth.


Powered Wheelchair Market

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Neurodegenerative disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is affecting considerable percentage of the global population. For instance, according to the ALS Society of Canada, approximately 1,000 people are diagnosed with this disease every year in Canada and around 3,000 people are living with ALS at any time in the country. Thus, to provide better care and mobility, motorized wheelchairs with reclining, tilting, and standing functions are essential for the patients suffering from the disease.


Powered wheelchair is a mobility device that is propelled by an electric motor. Patients suffering from chronic debilitating conditions use these wheelchairs for their daily functionality. People unable to use other mobility equipment such as manual wheelchairs or mobility scooters also use electric wheelchairs. The powered wheelchair is operated using a joystick, pressure sensors, gaze control and much more.


The advent of smart wheelchair is among the key developments in the powered wheelchair industry. However, the complexity of design, manufacturing, and marketing of these devices presents a challenge to the wheelchair manufacturer. Additionally, high cost of smart wheelchair is one of the major factors hampering the adoption of the powered wheelchair devices.


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 outbreak arose as an unprecedented public health concern throughout the world and had a negative impact on the powered wheelchair market progress. Numerous facilities including rehabilitation centers, physiotherapy clinics, and long-term care facilities were affected due to the travel restrictions implemented by the governing bodies. Additionally, the companies operating in the market had experienced lower demand for electric wheelchairs and hence the players are focusing on development of innovative cost-effective wheelchairs to mitigate and improve the product demand scenario.


Powered Wheelchair Market Trends

Increasing geriatric population base, supportive reimbursement and accessibility regulations, and growing demand from e-commerce channels among others are the key trends shaping the industry growth positively during the analysis period. For instance, according to the World Population Ageing article published in 2019, there were over 703 million people aged above 65 years across the globe. Moreover, this number is expected to rise at an unprecedent rate to reach around 1.5 billion in 2050 accounting for 1 in 6 people above 65 years.


  • Comfort and ergonomics: Improved seating systems, adjustable features, and ergonomic designs are essential factors that attract patients to powered wheelchairs, as they prioritize comfort and convenience.
  • The growth of e-commerce platforms and online distribution channels has made it easier for consumers and patients to access and purchase powered wheelchairs, thus expanding market reach. 
  • Government regulations and policies aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities play a crucial role in the growth of the market. These regulations often require public spaces and transportation to be wheelchair-accessible, boosting demand. Moreover, the availability of healthcare reimbursement and insurance coverage for powered wheelchairs can make them more affordable for individuals with disabilities, further driving market expansion.


Powered Wheelchair Market Analysis

Powered Wheelchair Market Size, By Product, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on product, the market is bifurcated into front wheel, mid wheel, rear wheel, and others. The mid wheel segment held substantial revenue share and was valued at around USD 640 million in 2022. The significant segmental share is attributed to advantages such as exceptional manoeuvrability in tight spaces, improved stability, and a smoother ride, enhancing user comfort.


  • The mid wheel drive (MWD) wheelchairs use technology to allow for greater indoor mobility, stability over obstacles, and the ability to turn the wheelchair in place. Additionally, these wheelchairs are the most user-friendly and have the shortest learning curve for novice electric wheelchair users. They also feature the smallest turning diameter in comparison to other wheelchairs, which maximizes user movability.


  • Moreover, the rise in prevalence of patients undergoing amputations due to chronic conditions has proved to be a fuelling factor for the market globally. For instance, in a research article published in the Lancet in April 2021, it was estimated that around 1400,000 diabetes related amputations take place in the U.S. every year.



Based on technology, the powered wheelchair market is categorised into standard power wheelchair and smart wheelchair. Smart wheelchair segment is set to witness robust growth at 7.6% CAGR over the analysis timeframe. The high segmental growth can be attributed to the capabilities of the smart wheelchair that can transform the mobility impairment issues for the patients.


  • For the comfort of the patient, smart wheelchairs contain many built-in features. Intelligent designs, sensors for fall detection, remote control of powered wheelchairs, Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone applications integration, and data collecting are just a few of the technological innovations that benefit both patients and healthcare professionals. For instance, the Clou 9.500 is a smart wheelchair which can be remotely locked via software and can be customized to have stair climber, operating hour counter, error diagnosis among other features for enhanced patient comfort.


  • Patients with cognitive impairments can benefit from smart wheelchairs by lessening the effort needed to steer the chair. These wheelchairs come with voice control, gaze control, and facial expression control capabilities.



Based on patient, the powered wheelchair market is segmented into pediatric and adult. The paediatric segment held a substantial share in the market in 2022 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period. The incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases in children are among the key attributes fuelling the market growth. For instance, according to a recently published report, children in the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level IV typically choose a power wheelchair because they need mobility support in most environments.


  • Additionally, in a study group of pediatric patients with cerebral palsy, over 85% of the subjects used powered wheelchair for their daily activities. These wheelchairs were also employed by patients suffering from spina bifida, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and polio.


  • Pediatric wheelchair advancements have given parents a variety of options for giving their impaired children a normal way of life. For instance, the K300 PS Jr., a powered wheelchair manufactured by Permobil has technology integrated to make infinite adjustments to the wheelchair.



Based on portability, the powered wheelchair market is segmented into standalone and portable. The standalone segment held a dominating revenue share of over 88% in 2022 and is anticipated to witness a similar trend over the analysis timeframe.


  • Standalone power wheelchair has been employed for a long period by the patients suffering from mobility disorders as well as neurological conditions affecting their daily activities. Spinal cord injury is another indication which requires the wheelchair assistance.  According to the United Spinal Association report published in 2022, around 17,700 new cases of spinal cord injury are recorded in the U.S. every year, out of which over 39% are caused by vehicular accidents.


  • Additionally, the rising cases of road traffic accidents globally contributes to the growing number of mobility disorders amongst the global population.



Based on application, the powered wheelchair market is categorised into mobility and neurological conditions. The mobility segment was valued at USD 2,510 million in 2022 and is set to witness robust growth over the analysis period.


  • Patients recovering from serious injuries also benefit from electric wheelchairs. Along with their standard forms, they are also available in several modifications, such as independent drive, standing wheelchairs, and portable wheelchairs.


  • The easily modifiable seating systems, cushions, backrests, and the recline & tilt-in technology further attributes to the high demand for these products amongst patients suffering from chronic mobility disorders.

Powered Wheelchair Market Revenue Share, By Application, 2022

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Based on distribution channel, the powered wheelchair market is bifurcated into brick and mortar and e-commerce. The brick-and-mortar segment dominated the market and was valued at USD 1,729 million in 2022. The segment is expected to steadily expand following a similar trend over the forecast period.


  • Motorized wheelchairs are generally distributed via brick-and-mortar channels such as large pharmacies, retail shops, medical device distributors, etc. The established retail stores, pharmacies also offer the consumers counselling, physician assistance, etc. in choosing the wheelchairs


  • Additionally, the elderly patients accounting for the large share of powered wheelchair users usually opt for in person buying of these products.

Based on end-use, the powered wheelchair market is segmented into hospital, home care, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. The rehabilitation centers segment was valued at USD 805 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 5.8% growth rate during the estimation timeframe.


  • Patients suffering from severe trauma require long-term supportive care available in rehabilitation centers. Rehabilitation centers help patients by understanding their needs and providing a range of services, including power wheelchair assistance


  • Rehabilitation centers are equipped to assess patient needs and provide expert opinion from assistive technology specialists to assist with mobility, posture, positioning and customized seating for comfort. According to statistics, there are around 43,000 rehabilitation centers in the U.S., which was a 1.7% increase since 2021.

North America Powered Wheelchair Market Size, 2020 -2032 (USD Million)

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North America region held a leading share in the powered wheelchair market owing to the presence of numerous key players of the industry. The growing prevalence of disabilities amongst the regional population, increasing number of geriatric patients suffering from chronic diseases, increasing number of road traffic accidents among others are some of the major factors contributing to the market growth.


  • According to the CDC statistics 2021, around 13.7% of adults suffering from disabilities had severe mobility impairments during the year. A surge in patient pool is anticipated to propel the market forward in coming years


  • Additionally, advanced healthcare infrastructure, availability of wide range of products, increased awareness amongst end users also contribute to the product demand in the region.



Powered Wheelchair Market Share

The global market is dominated by some prominent players. The firms are engaged in acquisitions and partnerships to reinforce their market presence and expand their customer base. The major players implement several strategies to maintain a competitive edge and improve their market share in the industry. Some of the key market participants operating in the powered wheelchair industry include:


  • Permobil
  • Invacare Corporation
  • Pride Mobility Products Ltd
  • Karman Healthcare
  • Levo Ag
  • Meyra Gmbh
  • Ottobock
  • Sunrise Medical
  • Airwheel
  • Numotion
  • Ostrich Mobility

Powered Wheelchair Industry News:

  • In November 2021, Permobil announced the acquisition of Panthera, a manufacturer of ultra-light active wheelchairs. This acquisition helped the company expand their consumer base with the expanded product offerings.
  • In August 2020, Meyra Gmbh announced the acquisition of TA Service A/S, a manufacturer of high-end power wheelchairs in the Danish market. This acquisition will aid the company in expanding in new geographies.

Powered wheelchair market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Front Wheel
  • Mid Wheel
  • Rear Wheel
  • Others

By Technology, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Standard Power Wheelchair
  • Smart Wheelchair

By Patient, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Pediatric
  • Adult

By Portability, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Standalone
  • Portable

By Application, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Mobility
  • Neurological Conditions

By Distribution Channel, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Brick and Mortar
  • E-commerce

By End-use, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Hospital
  • Home care
  • Long term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global powered wheelchair industry value was around USD 2.7 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach over USD 4.8 billion by 2032, expanding at 5.8% CAGR.

Smart segment is set to witness robust growth at 7.6% CAGR from 2023 to 2032 attributed to the capabilities of the smart wheelchair that can transform the mobility impairment issues for the patients.

The rehabilitation centers segment was valued at USD 805 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 5.8% CAGR through 2032 as these centers help patients by understanding their needs and providing a range of services, including power wheelchair assistance.

Permobil, Invacare Corporation, Pride Mobility Products Ltd, Karman Healthcare, Levo Ag, Meyra Gmbh, Ottobock, Sunrise Medical, Airwheel, Numotion, and Ostrich Mobility.

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