When you think of an electric car, Testa and Faraday’s Future come to your mind. However, all these vehicles are fancy and super expensive. For most third world countries, these cars are not even relevant. Thankfully though, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its partners realised this long ago. The good news is that they have already built a prototype of a car meant for Africa.
Building the prototype took them four years. Called as the aCar, this electric car is meant for the African countries where there are hardly any asphalt roads. According to the creators, the vehicle is capable of off-roading. It can take heavy loads and the modular structure also allows other uses. It is a four-wheel drive utility vehicle. And since it runs on electricity, it does not many emit hazardous gases.
To turn this great idea into a reality, Sascha Koberstaedt and Martin Šoltés have founded a German company called ‘Evum Motors GmbH’. After successful manufacturing run in Europe, the company is planning to start making the car right in Africa. Looking at the current road conditions in monsoon, the aCar will be quite useful in India too.
The aCar was showcased in the recently concluded International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The project is supported by the Bavarian Research Foundation since 2015.