Warwick-based automotive company developing EV trucks, OX Delivers has received a €10 million grant from the U.K. government. The grant comes from the non-profit organisation Advanced Propulsion Centre, which facilitates the government’s funding to R&D projects supporting the delivery of net-zero emission vehicles.
The U.K. government is supporting the development of the latest green auto tech, including EVs and off-road vehicles. The funding will be utilised by the company to deliver affordable transport in emerging and developing markets.
The OX truck is designed to tackle challenging terrain found in emerging markets and will be designed to be shipped flat pack and assembled in-country. The company is now focusing on Rwanda, the location for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Simon Davis, managing director of OX Delivers said: “The funding will help us to accelerate the development of our innovative low-carbon technology model. It is another example of continued confidence in our vision to deliver clean, reliable, and affordable transport alongside tangible social benefits for our customers.”
The UK company and its collaborators, including Dana, Potenza, Coventry University, and FLAGS Software, have already begun work on the Clean Logistics for Emerging African Nations (CLEAN) project to develop the OX electric truck. Designed by former Formula One engineer Gordon Murray in 2016, the electric trucks are designed to negotiate dirt roads while carrying up to two tonnes of goods, roughly 20 times a cyclist’s capacity.
APC CEO Ian Constance said: “The projects receiving today’s investment highlight the breadth of technologies needed to help the U.K. accelerate to net-zero emissions. They’re reimagining not just vehicles but transport in general. For example, OX Delivers already enables traders in rural Rwanda to transport more goods to market with their mobility-as-a-service model using diesel trucks.”