The MAPS G110 is a utility vehicle designed to meet the needs of farmers and agricultural businesses in developing countries. These people traditionally spend a substantial amount of time and effort with transportation and manual labor. This farming helper is more affordable than a car, can carry more people than a motorcycle and, unlike Chinese trike competitors, offers a durable chassis with options for utility attachments.
This durable vehicle has several unique characteristics for developing regions of the world. These include low manufacturing costs, replacement parts that are readily available, local maintenance, and a carrying capacity of 2,000lbs. With the ability to power attachments like food processors and water pumps, the product can also pull small field implements such as planters and cultivators. Powering attachments and pulling implements, which others cannot, gives the machine a competitive edge on the the agricultural market.
Furthermore, testing has shown fuel economies of 40 to 60mpg (18 to 26 km/l) for the 10hp diesel engine option under heavy to light loading. Every component on the vehicle can be found or made in developing countries. As Maps G110 is made locally and the parts sourced locally, the vehicle can be maintained at a significantly lower cost when compared to most imported equipment, particularly agricultural equipment.
Many areas in Africa and other parts of the developing world are in desperate need for better transportation and agricultural solutions. For example, Cameroon has a mere 19 motor vehicles per 1000 people and 92% of the roadways are unpaved. The lack of motorized transportation and quality road infrastructure leads to significant losses. Farmers in particular are affected as there is poor connectivity to markets in rural areas, meaning that food can spoil before it reaches its destination. As significant portions of the population live in rural areas, they are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. With most farm work being done by hand with little to no agricultural mechanization, an affordable solution that can navigate difficult rural terrain is required.
The G110 is not only able to transport goods on poor roads where other motor vehicles can’t go, it can also deliver farm produce to markets in a timely and affordable way. This means farmers can save time and money. With the capacity of powering auxiliary equipment such as water pumps, generators, and food processors, users don’t have to buy separate powers source for such equipment. The G110 can be used as a mobile unit for powering them. Finally, the G110 can be used for some small-field operations such as cultivating and planting, harvesting, tilling and threshing thereby reducing the time and energy needed for such tasks.
Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price range: Over 200 USD
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes
Dimensions: 3.7 m x 1.45 m
Weight: <500 kg