The Arriero is a rugged ATV concept designed to work in the demanding
and mountainous terrain of the Andes in South America. The vehicle
is designed to act like a modern day mule, carrying cargo and crops
from the small family run farms to the marketplace.
The Spanish name 'Arriero' (someone who drives mules) is taken for
the name given to the men who normally transport the produce from
the hills to the population centers where it is sold.
While the Arriero concept is radical an unusual in its design, it
has also been engineered to be simple and robust. As well as being
versatile enough to provide a variety of uses.
The electric powered vehicle was developed by the Colombian designer
Eddie Mauro, and the concept was entered into the Michelin Challenge
Design competition where it won second place.
Central to the Arriero concept's ability to cope with a variety of
terrain is the vehicles highly adaptive suspension system and two-part
wheels - which are airless and impervious to puncture. The vehicle
also uses four independent in-wheel motors to provide traction for
all four wheel. Adjustable racks at the front and rear of the Arriero
are capable of carrying a variety of different sized cargos.
While the concept is an intriguing and inventive take on the quad
bike / ATV platform. The 100 percent electric drivetrain, with its
limited range, might prove to be a liability in the remote areas of
the South American countryside where recharging options are limited.