If you’re in the restaurant business then you know that there has long been a battle between those who love food trucks and those who don’t. There are arguments to be made by both sides, but one argument against food trucks may soon be invalid: The idea that they waste energy and gas. Why? Because an electric food truck is up and running in Philadelphia and more may be on the way.
Food trucks have unique challenges when it comes to running on electricity
One of the biggest challenges the auto industry had when they were trying to make electric cars a possibility was getting the battery small enough. The first few electric batteries they came up with took up the entire trunk and there was no way the average consumer would buy a car without any storage space in the trunk.
While auto manufacturers have gotten car batteries down small enough to reasonably fit in cars, it’s not that simple for a food truck. Why? Think about it – how much power do you think a food truck uses versus how much power your average car uses? Trust us, these trucks use a lot more energy!
Trucks have a lot more in them
A food truck isn’t just bigger it’s also running a lot. Not only does it have all the restaurant equipment needed to actually cook or heat the food, but it needs ventilation, warming pans, fire suppression systems, and everything else that’s required by law. Not to mention the cash register, refrigerators, and other appliances using up electricity. When you think about how much energy this really is, you may find it easier to get why these trucks would use a lot of electricity.
The trucks would need hookups where they parked
In order for the trucks to work realistically, the battery would just need to get the vehicle from one spot to the next. Once the truck arrived, it could plug into a local power source and would be able to refuel while it was serving the public. Of course, this could cause unique issues. Namely, the trucks wouldn’t have the flexibility they’d like because once they were plugged in, they’d be stuck there until their truck was charged.
For now, those of us at Hoodmart will be watching to see how long it takes the industry to come up with an electric battery with enough power to handle everything a food truck requires.