Oil and Gas company Shell has announced to bring the world’s first flat-pack truck Ox to India. The Shell Ox plans to demonstrate its capabilities in India and hopes to find potential customers with low-cost all-terrain mobility to rural communities.
The partnership between Gordon Murray Design (GMD) and Shell is part of the Ox to India mission with both companies working together in close alignment with the Global Vehicles Trust (GVT). The vehicle will be re-engineered and built by Gordon Murray Design (GMD), and flat-packed for shipment to India by the end of the year.
The flat-pack truck Ox will exclusively run only on Shell fluids including Shell Rimula, diesel engine oil designed to help heavy duty and light duty engines to run efficiently in demanding conditions.
The interior of the truck is very basic and comes with a 3-spoke steering wheel with the gear lever placed next to it on the left. The Ox has a boxy shape with a raked windshield upfront and circular headlights. The rear loading bay has bench seats and enough space for eight 167-litre drums. The Ox is rated for up to 1,900 kg of payload or can seat up to 13 people. The Ox is built around a steel ladder chassis with bonded wooden panels. The entire truck is designed to fit within the chassis rails, which makes it easier for shipping.
Other innovative features of the flat-pack truck Ox- (1) Lightweight, rugged and durable design to maximise payload for goods and people. (2) Low cost, simple maintenance through accessible components and fewer parts. (3) Designed for self-assembly, supplied fully assembled or flat-packed for easy shipping and local assembly.
The engine is borrowed from a Ford Transit van. It is a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel unit, which produces 98 BHP and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It features all-independent suspension with long travel steel leading arms in the front and trailing arms in the rear.
Source: Shell India