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Rwandese purpose-built electric truck, OX Truck feted

OX Delivers is an innovative service using proprietary software, purpose-designed electric trucks, and an entrepreneurial depot operating model. Operations have been established in OX’s first market, Rwanda, which has demonstrated high demand for the service and expanded significantly since first revenue in March 2021. By enabling customers to access EV transport on a pay-as-you-go basis, OX Delivers can serve the billions of people who are impacted by transport poverty. OX Delivers’ UK R&D team has developed the electric OX truck; the first 3.5tonne EV truck purpose designed for on-demand operations in emerging markets. Backed by funders including the UK Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the trucks are now testing in-market and preparing for production.

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Delivers, an innovative start-up delivering EV logistics in Africa, has been named as one of TIME’s 2022 Best Inventions. The annual list features extraordinary innovations that are making the world better, smarter and a bit more fun. The electric OX Truck has secured a place in the Social Good category.

The OX Truck is the first purpose-built electric truck for on-demand operation in emerging markets.

It has been first deployed in Rwanda where it reduces the price of transport from thousands of dollars to buy a truck to as little as 50c to move a sack of goods. The truck is being developed in the UK and will be shipped flat-packed for local assembly across the Global South.

Simon Davis, Managing Director at OX Delivers, said, “It is an honour that TIME has chosen the OX Truck as one of the year’s Best Inventions. Our design ethos is simple and effective innovation and this recognition from TIME is a reflection of the extraordinary OX team.

By changing the way trucks are designed and operated we are making zero emissions transport accessible to the 3 billion people who lack access to transport.”

TIME solicited nominations from their editors and correspondents around the world, paying special attention to growing fields—such as the electric vehicle industry and green energy. Each contender was then evaluated on a number of key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact.

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