Across the developing world, and Africa in particular, there is an intense need for improved transport both for everyday living as well as emergencies. Even though 10% of the world’s population lives in Africa, there has never been a vehicle specifically designed and manufactured in volume to meet the rigours of the continent.
Food, water, medicine, schools and transport are dependent for their daily needs on unreliable vehicles and uncertain availability. The vehicles that are available are often designed for quite different purposes, are too expensive, too heavy, too complicated and unsuited to local conditions.
That situation is set to change with the development of the OX, a highly unconventional ‘flat-pack’ all-terrain light truck, designed by renowned automotive engineer Professor Gordon Murray, that will benefit people living in remote villages and townships across Africa and other parts of the developing world.
The clear consequence is that young people leave their villages to seek jobs in large cities or attempt to move to more prosperous areas…