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Powered Wheelchair Market Size By Product (Front Wheel Drive, Mid Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive), By Technology (Standard Powered Wheelchair, Smart Wheelchair), By Patient (Pediatric, Adult), By Portability (Standalone, Portable), By Application (Mobility, Neurological Conditions), By Distribution Channel (Brick & Mortar, E-commerce), By End-use (Hospitals, Home Care, Long Term Care Facilities, Rehabilitation Centers) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2030

  • Report ID: GMI5282
  • Published Date: Jun 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Powered Wheelchair Market size surpassed USD 2.5 billion in 2021 and is estimated to register over 6.3% CAGR between 2022 and 2030. Powered wheelchair is useful for patients suffering from severe mobility disorders, and neurological conditions hampering their daily lives. Electric wheelchairs are gaining popularity because of their benefits such as ease of use, more convenience, and unproblematic usage. They are often used by those patients that are unable to use manual wheelchairs or the user that want to cover longer distances in wheelchairs.

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Technical advancements have resulted in the creation of automated movement systems, which eliminate any caregiver’s assistance. These wheelchairs have easy maneuverability and can also be remote controlled. As a result, the demand for technical advancements in this equipment to improve comfort and safety is likely to create profitable opportunities for companies, resulting in the growth of the powered wheelchair market.

Increasing burden of motor disabilities due to trauma, congenital diseases, injuries is another leading cause for the demand of intelligent wheelchairs globally. Increasing life expectancy due to increased access to healthcare has led to an increased number of geriatric population. Elderly people have an increased risk of suffering from mobility issues. This can also be attributed to the rising demand for motorized wheelchair, especially in the developed countries.

A powered wheelchair is a type of wheelchair which can be propelled by an electric motor. They are useful for patients unable to maneuver manual wheelchair, people that use wheelchair for longer distances and/or terrains, which can be rather fatiguing in a manual wheelchair. Patients that suffer from severe cardiovascular conditions, fatigue-based disorders, and neurological conditions also use electric wheelchair for their day-to-day lives.

However, electric wheelchairs are rather less cost efficient in nature. Along with the high costs, they also need regular maintenance, and are heavy weight. For instance, the cost of Permobil Koala Miniflex, which is a pediatric wheelchair is over USD 8,000. The purchasing power parity of the consumers play a major role in the acceptance of such high-end products. Especially in countries wherein quality healthcare and infrastructure are still in the developing phase, electric wheelchair, let alone the costly ones are not bought so often. The lack of supporting infrastructure along with low consumer awareness regarding these innovative products also can hamper the market demand.

Motorized wheelchairs are considered as highly advanced medical devices in the healthcare market. Despite their advanced nature, sometimes there are some technical glitches, faults, or other issues in these wheelchairs resulting in product recall process initiated by the regulatory bodies. For instance, in August 2018, the FDA announced the recall of Permobil’s powered Corpus II due to failure of backrest, which could cause injuries. Hence, the product recalls are expected to hamper the powered wheelchair market growth over the forthcoming years.

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the powered wheelchair industry growth. The healthcare business suffered from catastrophic damages to the supply chain during the past few years. According to the annual report published by the Invacare Corporation, the pandemic contributed several shipping and logistics crisis, which led to shortage of essential as well as non-essential medical products around the world. The pandemic disrupted abilities to obtain critical products, raw materials of all the companies, which affected their financials. Due to the pandemic, non-acute care was limited, delayed, or even reduced in some parts of the world, which also affected this market, wherein the end-users were unable to access these products.

The key players are continuously facing availability issues with regards to electronic components needed to manufacture motorized wheelchair, price hikes due to supply chain disruptions leading to a shortage of these products in the market. The production of non-essential medical devices was halted owing to the measures taken by the countries to curb the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, the medical device industry also witnessed catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The electric wheelchair market is expected to recover from the effects of pandemic in the next few years and illustrate steady growth over the analysis period.

The rising percentage of geriatric population will fuel the market growth.

The rise in the older population and the prevalence of chronic diseases are both contributing to the rise in disability that is set to benefit the market. Electrical wheelchairs are thus used in hospitals and healthcare facilities to increase the welfare of patients and healthcare workers. According to figures given by the World Health Organization, the proportion of persons aged 65 and more in the world population will quadruple from 7% in 2000 to 16% by the end of 2050. By that time, the number of elderly persons in the population will outnumber youngsters (aged 0–14 years). The Office of National Statistics of the UK estimated the proportion of people aged 85 and above is set to be double in the next 25 years.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the health of elderly in the UK. According to a survey conducted by the Age UK, it was observed that around 1.5 million people aged 65 and more suffered from difficulty in walking, which did not exist before the restrictions imposed for the pandemic. Additionally, around 23% of the geriatric population suffered from decrease in their abilities to perform daily activities since the lockdown. Old age brings its own array of diseases to a person such as motor disabilities, debilitating diseases, and decreased mental capacity and tends to hamper the quality of life amongst elderly. Powered wheelchair allows the elderly to move around indoors as well as outdoors easily, thereby improving the quality of their lives. As a result, the global market for electric wheelchairs is expected to grow due to a growth in the older population, further proving conducive for the market.

Growing prevalence of disabilities will drive the demand for rear-wheel-drive wheelchair

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Based on product, the global powered wheelchair market is segmented into front wheel, mid wheel, rear wheel, and others. The rear wheel segment accounted for more than 36% market share in the year 2021 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period. Rear wheel drive (RWD) wheelchair is powered through the engine driving the rear wheels. These wheelchairs provide better control and power in fast corners, and do not lose traction as well. The rear-wheel-drive wheelchair spread the weight evenly as compared to its counterparts. The RWD are sturdy and are resistant to wear and tear.

For instance, the Invacare Aviva Storm Rx power wheelchair is a RWD integrated with electronic control system, which can be used for indoor as well outdoor travel. According to the WHO 2021 statistics, more than 1 billion people worldwide are living with some form of disability. The prevalence of disability is vividly increasing due to the changing demographics, and rising burden of chronic diseases. Additionally, around 3.8% of the global population suffer from major difficulties in daily functioning and require assistance. Consequently, the rising burden of disability is set to propel the demand for powered wheelchair thereby fueling the market expansion over the analysis period.

Technological advancements are fueling the business landscape

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Based on technology, the global powered wheelchair business is categorized into standard power wheelchair and smart wheelchair. The smart wheelchair segment was valued at over USD 160 million in 2021 and is expected to witness robust CAGR over the forecast time period. These products are used by people suffering from long-term mobility issues, such as lower limb disabilities, poor motor co-ordination and others. These wheelchairs have numerous built-in capabilities for patient comfort. Technological advancements include remote controlling of the powered wheelchair, Wi-Fi enabled, integrated with smartphone applications, intuitive designs for pediatric patients, sensors for fall detection, data collection, all of which are helpful for the healthcare professional as well as the patient.

For instance, the I-Go Fold is a remote-controlled power wheelchair innovated by the Pride Mobility Services, which allows effortless folding and transport of the wheelchair. Smart wheelchair also help the patients suffering from cognitive difficulties in reducing the load required in steering the wheelchair. These wheelchairs are equipped with voice-controlled operations, gaze control as well as facial expression control function. With the increasing lifestyle changes, hazardous habits, the prevalence of cerebral palsy in newborn has increased exponentially over the past few years, with an occurrence rate of 3.6 cases in 1,000 children. Therefore, the aforementioned factors will enhance the need and demand for smart wheelchair.

Increase in number of adult patients will drive the growth of electric wheelchairs

Based on patient, the business is segmented into pediatric and adult. The adult patients using electric wheelchair accounted for over 80% market share in 2021. With the technological advancements in all the sectors over the past few years, the patients also show an increased tendency in accepting innovative products for their healthcare. Electric wheelchair has been in existence for a long time. But, in recent times, healthcare infrastructure has developed to a greater extent, accessibility to modern and quality healthcare, availability of innovative products and increased per capita income have directly affected the demand of these products. According to a research article, approximately three fourth of the geriatric population use the internet and are comfortable using smartphones. Thus, all the aforementioned factors contribute to the high share of adult patients using motorized wheelchair, thereby attributing to the powered wheelchair market development.

Growing preference of portable wheelchair to increase the demand over the next few years

Based on portability, the business is categorized into standalone and portable wheelchair. The portable segment crossed USD 280 million in 2021 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period. Portable powered wheelchair offer numerous advantages over their counterpart as this wheelchair are light-weight, durable and are mobile that could be transported outdoors. For instance, the Titan LTE Portable powerchair disassembles for transport and storage, and can also be used on Bluetooth electronics for maintenance such as troubleshooting and diagnosing technical issues. This type of wheelchair offers more independence to the users and provide increased flexibility to them. Portable wheelchair is a forward-looking technology in the field of electric wheelchair. Thus, the abovementioned parameters are set to increase the demand for the powered wheelchair exponentially over the forecast period.

Patients using wheelchair for mobility issues are driving the powered wheelchair industry

By application, the powered wheelchair business is segmented into mobility and neurological conditions. The mobility segment accounted for more than 90% market share in 2021. Patients suffering from chronic conditions often require the use of wheelchair for their daily activities. Motorized wheelchair allows the user to move around freely in indoor as well as outdoor settings. The energy spent by patients in steering the wheelchair as well as themselves is eliminated by using electric wheelchair. Electric wheelchair also helps in rehabilitation of patients suffering from major trauma. They are available in several variants such as independent drive, standing wheelchair, portable wheelchair along with their usual types.

Moreover, in a survey conducted in Canada, it was seen that more than 200,000 community dwelling people use wheelchair or mobility scooters, which accounts to 1% of the entire Canadian population. Out of the wheelchair using population, it was noticed that more than 30% of them use electric wheelchairs for mobility. Additionally, it was noted that more than 1.8 million people aged 65 and more use wheelchair in the U.S. Thus, the demand for powered wheelchair is directly influenced by the rising burden of mobility disorders amongst the global population, thereby boosting the powered wheelchair industry landscape.

Increase in revenue generation through Brick & Mortar will fuel the market statistics

Based on distribution channel, the market is categorized into brick & mortar and e-commerce. The brick & mortar segment was valued at over USD 1,550 Million in 2021 and is expected to show lucrative CAGR over the forecast period. Distribution of electric wheelchair through usual sales channel such as retail shops, large pharmacies, medical device distributors, etc. is an effective way of reaching the patients. Manufacturers also have their own distributors, globally. For instance, Permobil, a wheelchair manufacturing company has its presence in more than 20 countries around the world. Another company Invacare Corporation sells its products through a sophisticated worldwide distribution network managed by its sales force. Thus, the aforementioned factors are contributing to the high share in the motorized wheelchair industry.

Homecare to advance the expansion of motorized wheelchair business

The electric wheelchair end-users are segmented into hospitals, homecare, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. The homecare segment surpassed USD 950 million in 2021 and is estimated to reach over USD 1,690 million by 2030. Majority of the patients suffering from chronic conditions are hampering their mobility stay at home. Opting for homecare offers the patients advantages such as increased comfort, personalized care, family involvement, companionship, amongst others. A home care plan is tailored to your family's needs rather than conforming to the schedules and routines of a care facility. Homecare facility can also be customized based on the patient’s need for assistance such as few hours, or full-time care. Therefore, owing to the various advantages, homecare segment will propel the industry expansion over the analysis period.

North America market for electric wheelchair is set to witness high growth owing to recent technological advancements

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North America powered wheelchair market is projected to reach over USD 1,400 million by 2030. The high market share can be attributed to the advanced healthcare infrastructure in the country. Increased access to quality healthcare, variety product availability and high patient awareness. Some key manufacturers have their headquarters in the U.S., which further adds to the availability of products in this country. Furthermore, according to a published research article, over 5 million people in the U.S. use wheelchair for mobility and the geriatric population is four times more likely to use wheelchair than the other patients. Additionally, currently over 2.8 million children below 12 years of age use wheelchair. Hence, these factors are attributing to the demand of electric wheelchair in North America and are expected to drive the regional market statistics over the forecast period.

Growth strategies opted by key players is projected to advance the business

Some of the key market players of this powered wheelchair industry are Permobil, Drive Medical, Invacare Corp, Meyra Gmbh among others. These players are concentrating their efforts in innovating new products for industry expansion. Furthermore, these companies are investing in R&D activities that enables them to innovative & capitalize on these products that further helps to garner maximum revenue in the industry.

Recent Industry Developments:

  • In January 2022, Invacare Corp announced the launch of AVIVA STORM RX Narrow Base Power Wheelchair. This wheelchair is innovated to provide extra maneuverability and navigation to its standard counterpart. The addition of this product to their electric wheelchair portfolio helped the company to expand their portfolio as well as improve product penetration amongst diverse end users.
  • In December 2021, Meyra Gmbh announced the launch of iChair Meylife, an intelligent power wheelchair. This product was introduced for patients suffering from tetraplegia, traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, leg amputations and many more conditions. This product with its state-of-the-art capabilities will help the company generate revenue streams in the market.

Powered wheelchair market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2030, for the following segments:

By Product

  • Front Wheel
  • Mid Wheel
  • Rear Wheel
  • Others

By Technology

  • Standard Power Wheelchair
  • Smart Wheelchair

By Patient

  • Pediatric
  • Adult

By Portability

  • Standalone
  • Portable

By Application

  • Mobility
  • Neurological Conditions

By Distribution Channel

  • Brick and Mortar
  • E-commerce

By End-use

  • 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
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Rupali Swain, Subodh Kharad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global powered wheelchair industry size was valued at over USD 2.5 billion in 2021 and is poised to record a 6.3% CAGR between 2022-2030, with higher prevalence of severe mobility disorders and neurological conditions worldwide.
The portable powered wheelchair industry share had exceeded USD 280 million in 2021 and will expand at a rate of over 8% through 2030 due to benefits offered, like lightweight, durability and mobility for transporting outdoors.
Electric powered wheelchair industry size from the homecare end-use segment generated over USD 950 million in 2021 and will cross USD 1,690 million by 2030, with surging need for increased comfort, personalized care, family involvement, and companionship.
The powered wheelchair industry share from the brick & mortar distribution channels crossed USD 1,550 million in 2021, with strong sales across retail shops, large pharmacies, and medical device distributors.
The powered wheelchair market share in North America is anticipated to surpass USD 1,400 million by 2030 owing to the presence of advanced healthcare infrastructure in the country.

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