Nuncats proposes a solution to the mobility issues facing rural communities by using technology that currently exists. This offers a quick solution, providing real-world benefits to the poorest communities using and combining tried and tested techniques and technologies.
Nuncats has been established as a UK registered Community Interest Company (CIC) to validate technology that will provide resilient and sustainable transport solutions to areas that need it most. The company will carry out engineering, assembly, testing and demonstration of the systems to deliver the plan.
By leapfrogging conventional routes to new technology markets, this approach can significantly reduce costs and timescales in the development phase. It will secure the sustainability of the company, ensure a quick return for investors and most importantly offer life changing services to those who need them most.
Rural poverty is one of the world’s biggest issues - over one billion people don’t have access to medical supplies, healthcare and education simply because they live in rural areas of developing countries.
Strategies are in place to help sustain these areas, for example micro-grid and off-grid power systems in to provide lighting, refrigeration and medical services and energy storage systems have been installed where they are needed most, such as schools and hospitals.
However, the development of such areas is still hampered by lack of transport infrastructure. Traditional land-based transport is difficult over long distances, with roads which are often impassable. Helicopters can overcome these problems, but they are expensive to run, they can be more dangerous, and securing reliable fuel supplies can also be a problem.
Furthermore, all of these strategies depend on internal combustion engines, which pose environmental problems, and rely on the world’s depleting fossil fuels. With a global commitment to cut emissions, and develop new energy sources, they must soon be replaced.
Electric vehicles clearly offer a way forward, but it currently takes three to five years to develop a typical electric vehicle. In the meantime, mobility remains a major issue and immediate solutions are needed.