The MAPS G110

The rugged technology that drives success to your farm

Manufacturing utility vehicles for rural communities of developing countries to increase their profitability, productivity, and efficiency.

Use Case

A typical end-user for the G110 would be a farmer or a transportation service business. The direct buyer for the G110 would be a farming co-op, large farm, business, or local government. They have enough capital to purchase a G110 to use it for transporting seed, fertilizer, water, crops, etc. Farmers can use the G110 on a regular basis to irrigate, thresh, and process the crops or even to cultivate or plant fields. Farmers (or dedicated rental businesses) can also rent out the vehicle’s services to other farmers to earn more money while boosting the productivity of other farms. A smallholder farmer with no way to irrigate his crops could rent a G110 and pump attachment to boost his field’s yield. Additionally, smallholders could rent the G110 to transport their harvest.

Potential

Many areas of the developing world are in desperate need of better rural transportation and power solutions. The lack of road infrastructure, motorized transportation, and mechanical power leads to major losses for farmers. The G110 is a unique option for such rural farmers because it powers auxiliary equipment (e.g. pumps, generators, and food processors); can pull small-field operations; reduces the time and energy spent on farm tasks; can traverse off-road; has no known strong competition in the market for the price and utility; and is locally manufactured. If farmers have access to the G110, they will save time and money. This will help subsistence farmers lift themselves out of poverty and become food suppliers. This will increase their own and their community’s food security.

Business Case

MAPS-International will be the parent company that owns shares of local companies (e.g. MAPS-Nigeria), which will be partially owned locally. The local companies will manufacture, market, and sell the vehicles. MAPS will bring engineering expertise, new products, and supply chain management to each local company. MAPS will reinvest some of its share of the local-companies profits in new locations and products. To begin, MAPS will concentrate on starting a business in one location, refining the manufacturing process, and developing the supply chain. MAPS is in discussions with a company in Nigeria about a joint venture there. The G110 will initially be marketed to larger farms, business, and local governments and then to smaller farms, entrepreneurs, and cooperatives as the costs decrease.

Objectives:

  1. Increase food security and decrease poverty by making farming more profitable, productive and efficient.
  2. Create improved transportation and agricultural mechanization solutions that provide better access to economic opportunities for end users.
  3. Develop low cost and appropriate machine designs that can be locally manufactured and maintained.

Team Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions (MAPS)

West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Our Team

Our website / Published January 10, 2016 by David Wilson

Our website

http://www.mobileagpower.com

Bloopers from the videos / Published January 10, 2016 by David Wilson

Bloopers from the videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY-5c-_6UhI

Enjoy watching our many attempts to get our lines right.

Video Brainstorming Session / Published November 16, 2015 by Jordan Garrity

Video Brainstorming Session

Our team is hard at work brainstorming the storyboard for our video submission.

The Purdue Utility Platform / Published November 2, 2015 by David Wilson

The Purdue Utility Platform

https://engineering.purdue.edu/pup/

Team Work Session / Published October 31, 2015 by David Wilson

Team Work Session

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Our Mission

We exist to empower farmers to be more efficient and profitable in producing and transporting their goods. Our team consists of engineers, eager to see on-the-ground realities of food insecurity transformed with the use of affordable and appropriate equipment and technologies. Increasing the profitability and productivity of food producers is a key step towards ensuring food security for all.

Our Background

Our team is a group of entrepreneurs, rooted in engineering, who are passionate about helping people.

Our website / Published January 10, 2016 by David Wilson

Our website

http://www.mobileagpower.com

Bloopers from the videos / Published January 10, 2016 by David Wilson

Bloopers from the videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY-5c-_6UhI

Enjoy watching our many attempts to get our lines right.

Video Brainstorming Session / Published November 16, 2015 by Jordan Garrity

Video Brainstorming Session

Our team is hard at work brainstorming the storyboard for our video submission.

The Purdue Utility Platform / Published November 2, 2015 by David Wilson

The Purdue Utility Platform

https://engineering.purdue.edu/pup/

Team Work Session / Published October 31, 2015 by David Wilson

Team Work Session

powered by coffee

Our Team

Our Mission

We exist to empower farmers to be more efficient and profitable in producing and transporting their goods. Our team consists of engineers, eager to see on-the-ground realities of ...Read More

Our Background

Our team is a group of entrepreneurs, rooted in engineering, who are passionate about helping people.Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.