In a survey, food truck vendors were found often spending over $500 a month on gas: the lights and refrigeration systems in the trucks are powered by diesel generators, while a tank of propane is used to keep the grills warm. Running sometimes up to 10 hours a day, this seemingly small contributor to air pollution is proving to make a big impact. Three million trucks running every day on fossil fuels adds over 14 million pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every hour, turning into hundreds of billions within a year.
These carts are expected to cut fossil-fuel emissions by 60%, and smog-causing nitrous-oxides by 95%, according to EnergyVision in an independent analysis of the cart’s technology. If this technology were to be implemented nation-wide, it could mean over 28 million pounds of fossil fuels spared from the atmosphere every hour. This is good news for the vendors too, helping them cut energy costs by up to 20 percent.
This article was published before on Environment America.