The Vehicle Production Group had a very interesting idea: a van built from the ground up for people with disabilities in mind, rather than an existing car retrofitted to accommodate a wheelchair. Unfortunately, despite a $50 million taxpayer loan, the company failed last year. But now they're back!
It would seem as if the demise of The Vehicle Production Group, the now-defunct manufacturer of taxis and vans that received $50 million in government loans, is solely a tale of losers. But at least two big winners were involved: New York State Assemblyman Micah Kellner and his wife, who got a lot of money and a job…
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, which floated taxpayer-funded loans to Fisker Automotive and four other companies, has been taking a lot of heat lately in the wake of Fisker's troubles. Critics now have another reason to be angry: The Vehicle Production Group.
The Vehicle Production Group MV-1 isn't a pretty vehicle, but it's designed with function in mind. That function? It's a purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible vehicle. This "mule" was spotted around Detroit and never has a slang term been more aesthetically accurate.