Enabling the smooth transportation of Elephants using a Truck Mounted Ramp


  • One of India’s leading animal welfare boards wanted to make a truck to ferry a full-grown elephant along with its calf safely across long distances
  • The truck should be capable of loading & unloading the elephant & its calf safely with easy controls for operating smoothly
  • The solution has to be portable in a way that it can be fitted onto the trailer body
  • It should be sturdy enough to take the load of the elephant


  • We selected the vehicle – a 28T GVW Eicher vehicle with adequate carrying capacity for Mahout Cabin, Water Tanks and carrying 2 elephants
  • The Axle configurations and ROH were also chosen appropriately for safe climbing of the elephant onto the truck
  • We specially designed a robust ramp of 6 Ton capacity and 3 folds using advanced hydraulic systems that we designed, manufactured and installed in-house at the Nandan factory
  • The ramp operates on a single button to open itself and slide out in stages to deploy on the ground surface
  • The self-supporting legs give it additional support and the rough surface avoids animals from slipping while climbing
  • The gradient is moderate to allow an elephant to climb easily
  • The ramp also serves as the rear door of the truck in a closed position.


  • Easy operations possible making it easier for the operator to control the ramp & reduce the need for multiple handlers.
  • Special focus on safety of the Elephant for climbing the truck was aided by a the moderate gradient provided for easy access
  • Robust & Reliable design for a long lasting & efficient life cycle of the product.

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