What is the OX?
Designed and built in Britain, the OX is unlike any other vehicle and has no competitor – whether from a concept, performance or pricing point of view. It is the world’s first flat-pack vehicle, with a revolutionary design that offers all-terrain mobility for all.
The OX is the result of the Global Vehicle Trust’s ambition to help people in the developing world by providing cost-effective mobility for communities to undertake crucial daily tasks, such as collect drinking water and transporting grain, fertilizer or building materials.
Four OX prototypes have been built so far and put through rigorous testing with an investment of over £3 million from the Global Vehicle Trust.
The Global Vehicle Trust believes that the OX project should attract a wide range of interest from potential backers and is looking for investment and support from within the automotive industry, foundations, philanthropists and other investors in order to take the OX into production.
Sir Torquil Norman said: “Feedback we have had so far from contacts in Africa and with aid agencies has been very positive. The OX is about making a difference now, being part of something ground-breaking and unique. Most of all it presents a real opportunity to make a fundamental and lasting difference to people’s lives. Our priority now is to raise the funding to complete the testing and take the project to fruition.”
Shell commissioned a pre-production prototype of the world’s first flat-pack truck to take to India, home to almost 18% of the world’s population. The ‘OX to India’ mission showcased the capabilities of the vehicle for bringing low-cost all-terrain mobility to rural communities in developing countries.
The ‘OX to India’ mission was a partnership between Shell and Gordon Murray Design (GMD), working in close alignment with the Global Vehicle Trust (GVT). This represents a crucial development stage of the vehicle, which was officially launched in 2016.
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Why is the OX different?
The OX has been specifically designed to perform as well as, or better than, a four-wheel drive vehicle, while offering low cost and durable mobility with two driven wheels. The bespoke chassis and suspension gives the OX superb all-terrain capability.
Its revolutionary nature extends beyond the vehicle design because, uniquely, it is capable of being flat-packed within itself, enabling it to be transported more efficiently around the world.
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The Global Vehicle Trust
Through the foundation of the Global Vehicle Trust (GVT), Torquil Norman pursued his ambition to help people in the developing world by providing cost-effective mobility for all.
GVT briefed world-renowned automotive engineer and designer, Professor Gordon Murray, on a unique humanitarian programme to create a lightweight truck for the developing world. The result is the OX – a ground-breaking vehicle that encapsulates Torquil Norman’s vision and Professor Gordon Murray’s unique expertise.
The OX is the world’s first flat-pack truck. The components and sub-assemblies of the OX are tightly arranged within its own frame, with a separate transport crate housing the engine and gearbox. This means that six OXs can be transported in just one standard shipping container, with the assembly labour transferred to the importing country.