500 Eco-Friendly Food Carts in New Pilot Program

A MOVE Systems food carts at Gantry State Park in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo courtesy of MOVE Systems via Times Ledger)

A MOVE Systems food cart at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo courtesy of MOVE Systems via Times Ledger)

The New York City Council and a Long Island City-based company, MOVE Systems, are introducing a new pilot program that will give 500 eco-friendly food carts to select vendors at no cost, reports Bill Parry for Times Ledger. According to MOVE Systems CEO James Meeks, the company aims to eliminate the old carts, which “are polluters and dangerous.”

New York City has nearly 8,000 food carts and trucks operating on its streets, resulting in an estimated 1.2 million daily mobile food transactions. The typical food cart uses propane, a highly combustible fuel. The city has already experienced food truck and cart fires, including an incident that caused the temporary shutdown of the West Side Highway.

“The MRV100 uses natural gas that is much cleaner and much, much safer around open flame,” Meeks said. The mobile units are safer, provide clean food preparation, and help reduce greenhouse emissions.

Parry adds, “The unit runs on a compressed natural gas generator plus a solar panel providing supplementary power.”

Go to Times Ledger to read more on how MOVE Systems’ food carts compare to the traditional kind and why Queens is the “perfect location” for them to set up shop.

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