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26 May 2015  

New York pilots solar food carts

New York City Council is cleaning up its street food sales, with a pilot programme to encourage the use of more environmentally friendly food carts. Street food forms an essential part of the city’s identity, but the carts from which the food is sold are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions as well as contributing to local air pollution.

In order to improve the ecological footprint of street food without negatively impacting the sellers, the City Council has invested in 500 eco-innovative MRV100 food carts. These will be provided free of charge to the city’s street food sellers on a first-come, first-served basis. The MRV100 includes solar panels, rechargeable battery banks, a "federally certified heavy-duty fuel tank and low emission CNG" fuel system, a hybrid generator system, and a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen setup. It is predicted to cut GHG emissions by 60% and to slash NOx pollution by 95% compared to standard alternatives.

It is hoped that this pilot will lead to a broader move towards environmentally friendly carts. "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," said NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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