Modular electric aCar built to go off-road in Africa

Mobility is a challenging concept in Africa. Rugged terrain and a lack of infrastructure make moving goods by land difficult, which is why some countries like Rwanda are turning to drones in search of a better way. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been working on a more conventional solution, but one that could prove just as valuable to remote communities by offering a low-cost, modular and emission-free vehicle built to handle rough terrain.

The all-wheel-drive aCar was built primarily to move passengers and cargo, with seating for two and a total load capacity of one ton (2,200 lb/998 kg). In Africa, this could mean helping farmers transport their produce to urban centers for sale, for example, and also improving access to things like health care and education.