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Jasper Engines & Transmissions will donate ten remanufactured differentials to the Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) for use in their Basic Utility Vehicles (BUV).
The ten GM 7.5″ rear end differentials include drum brakes, axle shafts, an emergency brake cable, and lubricant.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the IAT is a not-for-profit public charity devoted to improving the lives of people in developing nations by providing simple, low-cost vehicles.
The BUV is a three-wheeled vehicle that is powered by a 10hp gas or diesel engine and uses common off-the-shelf automotive parts. It’s top speed is 20 mph; can carry up to 1,200 pounds, and has the capability to power water pumps, mills, compressors and other external machinery.
“IAT utilizes JASPER because they have high quality remanufactured differentials
and axles,” says IAT Director Will Austin. “I had heard JASPER President Doug Bawel give a speech in Indianapolis and really liked his heart for work, family and the Lord.”
The BUV has many applications and can be tailored to meet specific community needs for people in developing nations. The BUV allows for faster water delivery to remote villages, for quickened access to medical care, and for the safe transport of people and goods through rugged terrain. The most common uses include a delivery truck, school bus, water/food transporter, and an ambulance.