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Purdue Students To Build 3-Wheel Vehicle In Africa
Updated May 5, 2013 12:11 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(WEST LAFAYETTE) - Six Purdue University students are heading to the African nation of Cameroon to make life easier in one rural village with a three-wheeled motorized vehicle they'll build on the spot.

The students head Monday to Bangang, Cameroon, where they'll work with local residents to build their so-called basic utility vehicle that's low-cost, durable and adaptable.

Purdue's first vehicle designed for Cameroon was made mostly of wood, but the new design features more iron and car parts that can be salvaged from junkyards. Those changes have lowered the vehicle's cost to about $800, excluding the engine.

The three-wheeled Purdue vehicle is designed to maneuver the village's narrow and heavily rutted dirt roads. The goal is to allow villagers to move large amounts of water and goods over the rough terrain.

The students head Monday to Bangang, Cameroon, where they'll work with local residents to build their so-called basic utility vehicle that's low-cost, durable and adaptable.

Purdue's first vehicle designed for Cameroon was made mostly of wood, but the new design features more iron and car parts that can be salvaged from junkyards. Those changes have lowered the vehicle's cost to about $800, excluding the engine.

The three-wheeled Purdue vehicle is designed to maneuver the village's narrow and heavily rutted dirt roads. The goal is to allow villagers to move large amounts of water and goods over the rough terrain.



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