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Introducing the 'flat-pack' truck!

23/04/2018
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You’ve heard of flat-pack furniture, well now there’s a flat-pack truck!

The OX is a lightweight, high-payload truck which is designed to be shipped to developing nations, put together in a little under a day, and used to transport people and cargo over rough, difficult terrain.
The OX is designed to carry 1,900kg (twice the capacity of most modern pick-ups).
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust).

The OX is designed to carry 1,900kg (approximately twice the capacity of most current pick-ups), which could include everyday necessities, medical supplies, building and agriculture materials. It can also sit up to 13 people making this an incredibly practical vehicle- ideal for countries where transportation over long-distances can be very difficult. When disassembled, the OX can be packed into a shipping container (six at a time).
Oil giant Shell has commissioned a bespoke pre-production version of the OX.
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust).

Now, oil giant Shell has commissioned a bespoke pre-production version of the OX to be shipped to India later this year. Shell intends to showcase the OX in India to demonstrate the potential of the vehicle to bring low-cost all-terrain mobility to rural communities in developing countries.
The 'OX to India' project by Shell is aimed at demonstrating how the vehicle could help rural communities in developing countries.
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust)

Commenting on the plan, Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Vice President, Shell Global Commercial, said:

“Shell is eager to play a role alongside others in developing and promoting mobility solutions in developing regions. The OX to India demonstration will see the concept validated and discussed on the ground in a real-world setting. We know limited mobility in hard-to-reach communities in developing economies can restrict access to basic services, and can limit the effectiveness of efforts to improve the quality of life. The OX has the potential to broaden access to transport possibilities and all the resulting benefits that come with this.”
The OX has been designed by world-renowned Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray.
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust).

The OX has been designed by world-renowned Formula 1 designer Professor Gordon Murray who has stated that “the OX design and prototyping programme is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and challenging I undertaken during my 45 years of car design, including my years in F1!”

The Global Vehicle Trust (the company responsible for creating the OX) has spent around £3 million bringing the OX to its current working prototype stage and is now seeking active partnerships to take the project through to a production-ready status.
Around £3 million has spent getting the OX to its current working prototype stage.
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust).

Sir Torquil Norman, founder of the GVT, commented on the partnership with Shell saying:

“I’m so pleased to welcome Shell aboard the OX project and for sharing GVT’s vision that this remarkable and versatile vehicle will provide a transformation in affordable mobility for so many people where the need is most acute. With Shell taking the OX to India we can demonstrate its capability in a key market, which will help attract long-term production partners.”
The OX is a product of the Global Vehicle Trust.
(Image via the Global Vehicle Trust).

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