Warwickshire-designed electric truck to be showcased at COP26 climate summit

An innovative electric truck that has been designed in Warwickshire for the developing world is to be showcased at the COP26 event taking place in Glasgow. Warwick-based OX Delivers will showcase its electric truck – the first of its kind specifically designed for emerging markets – at the UK Presidency Pavilion at COP26 on Transport Day (November 10). OX has created an all-terrain EV truck with high-carrying capacity that can be shipped flat-pack.

Coventry news The truck is part of a pay-as-you-go logistics service, where business customers book a slot on the OX via an app to transport their goods to market. OX believes that helping emerging markets to switch to electric transport offers a huge opportunity to deliver COP26 climate targets and progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

With their low operating costs EVs make sense for low-income economies, home to 15 per cent of the global population. Simon Davis, managing director at OX Delivers, said: “We couldn’t be prouder to showcase our vehicle at COP26 where it will be seen by leaders from all over the world, demonstrating how the UK is pioneering the transition to zero-emissions vehicles. “We recognise that emerging markets need both a new business model and access to electric vehicles that are cost-effective yet durable enough to deal with difficult, or even extreme, terrain.”

Operations established in Rwanda

Operations have been established in OX’s first market, Rwanda, where the service it offers is growing rapidly.

“Our operations in Rwanda are growing 40 per cent month-on-month, and some of our customers have tripled their sales volumes by having access to a reliable route to market, unlocking both economic growth and social mobility,” Mr Davis said. “We have been developing the OX EV since 2020 and have been working with leading automotive companies including the UK operations of US-based Dana Incorporated. “Having their support and EV technical expertise has meant we have been able to deliver better efficiency and advanced performance as well as rapid assembly.

“This gives us the confidence that the electrified drivetrain is resilient enough to withstand everything that is thrown at it.”

Founded by the Norman Trust Charity

OX was founded by the Norman Trust Charity, which commissioned Professor Gordon Murray, the Formula One racing car and McLaren F1 road car designer, to design the original truck. To date, the project has received more than GBP7m of funding. This includes equity, philanthropic capital and grant support from InnovateUK, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in Coventry

Doug Liedberg, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at Dana Incorporated, said: “Dana is focused on achieving a more sustainable world by delivering innovative e-propulsion solutions that meet the needs of people around the globe. “OX’s unique approach to clean and affordable transportation could be a game changer and we are pleased to be working with them as they provide a direct, positive impact on emerging markets.”

Incredibly proud

Ian Constance, CEO of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, which has supported the development of the OX EV, said: “Everyone at APC is incredibly proud to see the OX EV being showcased in the Blue Zone at COP26. “It is a great example of the power of UK-based innovation and the impact it can have not just in the United Kingdom but internationally.

“Transport contributes around 21 per cent of global emissions and we will not reach 2050 targets if we do not decarbonise our on and off-highway vehicles.”

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