Green Cars for Africa

August 2019

It looks like a golf cart on steroids. But what it lacks in comfort, it makes up for in functionality and price.

The aCar from Evum Motors of Munich aims to meet the cargo and passenger transportation needs of rural populations in developing countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa.

The fully electric all-rounder has two seats, all-wheel drive, a 1-ton payload and a modular cargo bed that can be turned into everything from a mobile doctor’s office to a water treatment station. The 20kWh lithium-ion battery offers a range of 100-200km and can be fully charged in 6 hours.

Evum hopes to be producing 700 aCars a year by 2020 and more than 100,000 by 2025, selling them at a target price of EUR 8,000 per unit.

It is setting up a model factory in Europe but hopes to move some production and assembly to Africa to help local populations, as the 200-part vehicle can be assembled using just screwdrivers and welders.

With its modular integratable digital technology, the aCar helps improve access to medical care, education, and information in remote places.  © Technical University of Munich