Notable improvements in the 2014 truck versus previous GoShichi and Mobility SVM trucks include a quicker cycle time for the lift - from 46 seconds to 32 seconds. Fuel economy is improved by a weight reduction on the conversion from 900 pounds to 450 pounds. The pan that holds the wheelchair is now larger and can accommodate wheelchairs up to 28 3/4" wide with an impressive 750 pound lifting capacity. Mobility SVM also introduces a latch that allows the converted door to be opened normally for times when there are emergencies and the conversion will not operate. As in previous years, all Mobility SVM trucks are crash tested and meet FMVSS front, side, and rear impact requirements.
The new 2014 model, as in years past, can be converted for either driver or passenger accessibility on the Chevy Silverado chassis. The 2014 line promises to be lighter, faster, and more functional than the 1st generation trucks. Chief among the improvements, according to edmunds.com are:
New, more fuel-efficient engines; improved interior; quiet highway ride."
Chevy has improved their trucks' V6 engines so they are equally as powerful but much more fuel efficient than their V8's. The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado now has a competitive V6 engine. It makes 285 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque, and can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped. Fuel economy on the standard non-converted truck is impressive as well, with an estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.