At present EV’s are the talk of the motoring world, and with few exceptions, most electric cars are delicate, expensive and designed for paved streets with well paid owners.
So to hear of a new electric 4×4 vehicle for less than £10,000 that will be well suited to rural Africa, just can’t be right can it, … well yes it can!
That’s where the Technical University of Munich comes into play. It recently revealed a prototype electric vehicle, the “aCar” that is designed for both the conditions and requirements of rural Africa. We have seen vehicle developed for third world countries before, such as the all terrain flat pack OX, but never a 4×4 nor an electric vehicle.
The aCar has a rugged, four wheel drive system that can handle dirt roads and off roading. Having only around 50 miles of range on a full charge, the little truck has back up fitted to the roof in the shape of solar panels to top up the power pack throughout the day enabling a longer range.
The very nature of an electric motor makes it both well suited to clearing obstacles (since it always has full torque) and more reliable in the harsh conditions. Also, as it has modular build bodywork, allowing it to switch between carrying passengers and cargo, and you can even use the battery to power a winch or other external equipment beyond the little truck.
The aCar completed real-world tests in Ghana this July, and it’s already expected to go into production with a target price below €10,000. That’s not a trivial expense, but it’s far more affordable than the Nissan Leaf and other vehicles that wouldn’t be as well suited to the African terrain.
Check out the TUM truck videos below;