Local inventor’s working vehicle prototypes feature several world firsts

Muscat - 

Eng Eliyas al Zadjali has set aside a part of his automobile workshop in Ma’abela Sinayiah to design and build his vehicle brand named ‘Yas’, a diminutive of his name. The first working prototype, Yas Zafarani (saffron), a 6x6 pick-up, has been making the rounds on social media as footage of its towing and off-road capabilities wow viewers.

The Yas Zafarani took 18 months to build. Instead of using an existing 6x6 frame, the entire steel chassis was manufactured locally as was the electrical system. The bonnet and side panels have also been made locally. The cabin of a Jeep Wrangler, including modified, rear hinged ‘suicide doors’, has been modified to fit on the chassis, and a powerful 6lt engine/transmission was used.

The focus was on research and development.

“The air conditioning system gets power from batteries, not the engine. It can run for eight hours with the engine turned off. The engine has to run for only 15mins to fully recharge the batteries. The vehicle features two large fuel tanks which can be filled from either side,” said Eng Zadjali.


Eng Zadjali is not revealing the full details of his biggest innovations until they are patented. “I have designed and built a system to manage the two differential locks on the 6x6. In addition to this, the next Yas 6x6,which I have named Yas Sahrawi (Desert Edition), is two to three months from completion. It will have a self recharging electric powertrain, which I believe will be a world-first.”
He plans to commercialise his vehicles.

Eng Zadjali said his work will shatter the myth that Arabs are not capable of manufacturing anything. “It has been said that Arabs are not capable of manufacturing a simple nail. It’s false and I challenge that quote. With proper support from the public and the authorities, cutting-edge technologies can be designed, manufactured and marketed in Oman.”

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