The OpenStructures blog.

We like > The flat-pack truck

on 2013-05-21 00:27
Posted in: What we like ... .


'British engineers have designed an Ikea-inspired flat-pack truck which will be shipped to developing countries to help people in remote villages transport essential supplies. British manufacturers will make the parts that will be gathered together at two locations, one in the Midlands and one in the south of England. The boxy, Lego-like truck will be shipped in pieces, stacked six to a container which could normally only carry two fully assembled vehicles."
"Our aim is to give people in the developing world an affordable means of doing for themselves what they rely on outsiders for--fetching water, distributing seed and fertiliser, carrying people and produce to market and providing access to medical help." Sir Torquil Norman

Global Vehicle Trust (GVT) has created a prototype truck to bring cheap and reliable transportation to the developing world. The aim was simple - GVT wanted to create a reliable, cost-effective, work-horse for people in the world’s most remote places. After considerable design work the 2.2 liter, diesel driven OX was born. Weighing in at 1,500kg the OX “will seat 13 people, carry eight 44 gallon oil drums” or deliver a 2,000kg payload, which ever you choose.

But to truly make the OX widely accessible, GVT took a page from modern furniture manufactures and turned the OX into a flat package for easy shipping and assembly on site. Once packed, six OXs can fit inside a single shipping container.