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Meet the OX

Posted by on 5/28/2013 to Working on Trucks

If you wish trucks were designed with the mechanic in mind, meet the OX. This rough-and-ready machine is designed from the ground up to be easily assembled, maintained, and repaired. With a max payload rating of 2.2 tons, it's no tinker toy, either:

Designed in the UK, the OX's flat pack allegedly takes only 5.4 hours to create. As far as shipping goes, six OXs, including engines and transmissions, fit into a standard 40-ft hi-cube container. Most of its panels are interchangeable from one side to the other for easy maintenance. Africa has 10 percent of the world's population, but there aren't too many vehicles out there designed to meet the continent's needs. The non-profit Global Vehicle Trust wants to change that by making this low-cost front-wheel drive vehicle powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine with a manual transmission. The OX weights 1.7 tons and unladen, 73% of that is over the front axle, while when fully loaded, 53% is still over that axle. The maximum payload is a healthy 2.2 tons. It also has a wide track, high ground clearance, short front and rear overhangs, and can apparently drive through 30-inch deep water.

The GVT is taking the OX public to fund further development. While initially intended for Third World deployment, as a sustainable all-environment workhorse, the rugged all-mechanical design of this sturdy little beast makes it the ideal utility truck for most any application.

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