#57 Mobius II – Designed to keep Africa mobile

The story of Mobius begins in 2009 when a computer engineer, Mr. Joel Jackson, came to Kenya. Mr Joel wanted to help Kenyan farmers find a way of increasing their productivity from their farming business. After plenty of research Mr. Joel discovered that the farmers needed a reliable form of transportation to take their products from their farms to the market. He also realized that lack of adequate and reliable forms of transportation affected many people across Africa.

Mobius II

His solution to the problem was to develop a car. The car he hoped to build would be easier to run, maintain and could handle the tough African terrain. His company’s first creation was the Mobius I, which was a working prototype. The company later set out to develop the second working prototype called the Mobius II. The Mobius II is a rugged, versatile and reliable low cost SUV designed and engineered to be used in the roughest of roads.

Mobius One 

Underneath the Mobius II skin is a tubular steel monocoque. The monocoque acts like a skeleton for the car. Its main aim is to provide structural support for all the cars components. The monocoque found in the Mobius II rewards it with rigidity and robustness. The monocoque has also been designed to crumple at certain point for improved occupants’ safety during a crash. The Mobius II features a boxy design, with hinged doors and no glass windows.

Ruggedly built 

The front features boxy headlamps with separated indicator modules. The large grille allows more air to sip through in order to keep the engine cool. An integrated front bull bar and skid plate provide protection against damage especially when off-roading. The profile of the car is characterized by the Mobius II’s large wheels and hinged doors. The roof features rails for tying down items. Access to the interior is made easier by the integrated side steps. At the rear, the Mobius II features a rear step while the door is hinged as well. The rear lights feature integrated modules for the reverse, brake and indicator lights.

Tubular steel monocoque 

Behind the large front grille sits a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol power unit. Power output is rated at 64 kW (86 hp) and 128 Nm of torque. Paired with the engine is a five speed manual transmission. Top speed is rated at 120 km/h. The Mobius II consumes between 8 and 10 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. The Mobius II rides on a front MacPherson strut suspension, which provides great driving stability. The rear leaf spring suspension system allows the Mobius II to have a rear loading capacity of 625kgs. The Mobius II has a low centre of gravity for improved stability when driving. Braking performance is provided by front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
Raised height and large wheels 

The cockpit features a minimalistic design. The aim of this is to reduce the vehicle’s weight and to limit the number of things that need to be maintained. Hence, there is no air-con or airbags. The driver side features an easy to reach steering wheel. Behind the steering wheels are three dial. On the passenger side is an integrated glove box.

Interior design (Image courtesy of Mobius) 

Entertainment is provided by a single DIN radio and a set of speakers. The comfortable front seats feature integrated headrests and three point seat belts. The rear bench seats can accommodate up to six occupants. The seats feature two point seat belts for improved safety. The seats can be removed to increase rear storage space.

Rear look

The Mobius II is truly momentous step in solving the persistent transport problems faced by numerous people across Africa. The Mobius II affordability, usability, ruggedness and versatility make it the right tool for any person looking for a reliable workhorse. The Mobius II is also the first Kenyan made vehicle that people can buy and use. Prices start at $ 10,600 (Kshs 950,000). The first 50 vehicles are already up for sale. Mobius Motors showroom is located at the Sameer Business Park located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi. Maybe one day I will meet the man behind the Mobius II and maybe be lucky to take the car for a test drive.
Images courtesy of Mobius

Visit their website http://www.mobiusmotors.com/ for more details.