Back in April, we reported that Shell brought the Ox flat-pack prototype to India as a bespoke example to demonstrate the vehicle's abilities. Now, the global lubricant major has showcased the Gordon Murray-designed (GMD) vehicle at 'Make the Future' (its marquee event) in Chennai.
The Ox is based on GMD’s flexible iStream technology which is designed to carry a payload of 1,900kg which could include everyday necessities, medical supplies, building and agriculture materials, and can seat up to 13 people. The vehicle was envisioned by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman and designed by renowned automotive engineer, Professor Gordon Murray.
The ‘Ox to India’ mission will showcase the capabilities of the vehicle for bringing low-cost all-terrain mobility to rural communities in developing countries. The mission is a partnership between Shell and Gordon Murray Design, in close alignment with the Global Vehicle Trust (GVT).
This showcase represents a crucial development stage of the vehicle, which was officially launched in 2016. Shell says that the flat-pack Ox truck can be assembled from a flat-pack kit in under 12hr and be quickly transported in greater numbers to where it is needed.
“Limited mobility restricts access to basic amenities in remote areas. Shell is eager to contribute to developing and promoting effective mobility solutions thereby improving the quality of life of people in these areas.” said Nitin Prasad, chairman, Shell Companies in India. “The Ox is a very promising technology having immense potential to broaden access to transport possibilities. We are pleased to partner with GMD and GVT and hope this versatile vehicle will be instrumental in transforming lives and overcoming daily accessibility challenges.”
The flat-pack design makes the Ox the first of its kind – a vehicle that is simple to maintain, has accessible components and fewer parts. It is ecologically sound, as well as being easy to manufacture, build and transport.