Earlier this month MOVE Systems began to pilot 500 MRV100 solar-powered food carts in New York City to replace the gas, Diesel or propane-powered carts that people sidle up to throughout the day for anything from coffee to curry. With more than 5,000 licensed food carts throughout the Big Apple, the pilot program represents a significant portion of the carts in the city for a pilot. MOVE is offering the new carts free to the first 500 vendors that sign up for the program.
The MRV100 food cart uses solar power for refrigeration and other purposes. The kitchen uses natural gas, which is much less polluting than other forms of gasses used in food cars and the cart also uses plug-in hybrid technology. Move Systems also said that each cart will be modeled after a stationary kitchen with a sink and all the other amenities for proper food preparation.“I’m thrilled that we can support the food cart entrepreneurs while making tangible environmental and safety improvements throughout our communities. MOVE is pleased to join the City Council and New York street vendors to introduce a new fleet of food carts that deliver more varied cuisine in a cleaner and safer environment,” said James Meeks, CEO of MOVE Systems.
The launch coincided with the release of a report from Energy Vision, which found that the average food cart in the city has produced as much nitrous oxide as 186 cars on the road in a day. Over 60 percent of the city's food carts are powered by gasoline or diesel-powered generators, according to Energy Vision. Each of MOVE Systems’ MRV100 carts reduce climate change gases by 60 percent and smog-causing nitrous oxide pollution by 95 percent. In all, the 500 food carts will represent the equivalent of removing 100,000 vehicles from the road in the city.
“As a strong supporter of our city's street vendors, I am pleased to join MOVE Systems today as they announce this innovative pilot program," said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. "Small business owners like food cart vendors, are the backbone of New York City’s economy and the fabric of our neighborhoods. I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot and thank MOVE Systems for this important effort."Tweet