BUV uses SumoSprings
APRIL 7, 2023
Basic Utility Vehicle Non-Profit Organization to use SumoSprings
Rural communities across the world with less access and resources depend on basic transport to transform lives. When a rural community gets connected with a Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV), it can change almost everything. From access to healthcare, food, and marketplaces, to giving children in those communities better access to school and education, BUVs change lives.
As of December 2022, SuperSprings International has been supporting the Indianapolis-based non-profit organization with suspension components for all BUVs now built and shipped worldwide.
"The BUV has been designed from the ground up to be rugged, affordable, and easy to operate and maintain."
- Will Austin, Institute for Affordable Transportation’s Executive Director
Institute for Affordable Transportation’s Executive Director, Will Austin, shared “The BUV has been designed from the ground up to be rugged, affordable, and easy to operate and maintain. Our partnership with SSI delivers a superior design for our suspension. The SumoSpring offers us many advantages including increased driver comfort, enhanced durability, and long life which allows BUVs to deliver hope in the developing world through rural transport.”
Will and his team provide a simple, low cost, and highly practical vehicle that is entirely based on the needs of the community it serves. That means a solution with longevity and durability as primary focuses where the vehicle is as tough as the terrain it’s made for. BUVs are designed for a wide range of countries so there are varying needs and solutions that make sense. One country may need to have something like a truck bed to haul food and water to communities that live tens of miles from the source. In another, the greatest need is getting crafted goods and crops to market in order for the community to create a revenue stream.
The vision of the BUV team is to create a literal vehicle to aid commerce and a higher standard of living. In these communities, for every dollar invested in basic mobility, there’s a potential yield of between $4-$8 in economic returns. These BUVs are as simple as they come – in most cases a very simple steel frame, 3 wheels, a basic diesel engine, a single seat for the driver, and a way to carry people and products. That’s it. By keeping it simple, Will and his team are making it possible for those they serve to own and easily repair a tool that gives access to better living.
"Will and the team are enriching the lives of those that don’t have easy access to vehicles like we do here in the US and we’re proud to be a small part of that."
— Adam Weisner, SSI President
Speaking on the partnership, SSI President, Adam Weisner commented, “More than anything else at SSI, we’re passionate about people and making life’s journey better for everyone however we can. This is engrained in the fabric of our company, and supporting an incredible organization like BUV is an honor. Will and the team are enriching the lives of those that don’t have easy access to vehicles like we do here in the US and we’re proud to be a small part of that.”
For more information on the work of the Institute for Affordable Transportation and the BUV, visit them online.
About SuperSprings International
Incorporated in 1996, SuperSprings International (SSI) suspension solutions, used domestically and internationally, are manufactured at facilities throughout the U.S. and assembled at its headquarters in Carpinteria, California. SSI products are used as standard equipment in multiple industries including RV and commercial segments, and have applications for recreational vehicles including trucks, trailers, class A, B, & C motorhomes, Jeeps, and SUVs. SSI’s products include patented self-adjusting steel auxiliary springs, micro-cellular polyurethane springs, coil insert springs, replacement steel coil springs, overload stops, and installation tools. SuperSprings International has locations in California and Idaho. Additional information about SSI, its products, and press releases can be found at http://superspringsinternational.com.
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