Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack lamps and even houses. Now, British philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman’s Global Vehicle Trust has developed the OX, the world’s first flat-pack truck. The inexpensive vehicle, which is intended for use in developing countries, can reportedly be assembled in just 12 hours by three people using basic tools, and it can be taken apart again in less than six hours.
The boxy truck may not be the prettiest thing on the road, but it packs quite a bit of power. The OX has a maximum payload of 2.2 tons, and it can carry eight 44 gallon drums or three Euro pallets. The truck can also ford water that is two and a half feet deep. When it’s configured for passengers, the small truck can carry 13 people, including three in the cabin. It’s also quite versatile, with the driver’s seat situated in the middle so that it could be used in countries that drive on the left or the right side of the road.
The truck was inspired by the Africar project of the 1980s, which sought to produce inexpensive vehicles that could traverse Africa’s rough terrain. Norman and the Global Vehicle Trust are now raising funds to continue developing the OX. “We have spent around £1 million bringing the OX to the working prototype stage and we need a further £3 million to take the project through to a production-ready status,” said Norman in a statement “This is why we are now ‘going public’ to highlight the need for investment and support in order to progress the project to completion.”