The food truck trend is getting a smart upgrade in posh places like the Hamptons, where a new clean energy system is fueling beachside meals on wheels. WXY architecture + urban design recently announced the new “power pedestals” that will supply easy access to grid electricity to food trucks, with much quieter operations and less of an impact on the environment than the typical gas-powered generators many currently use. The pedestals have been installed on two beaches in Montauk, Long Island, an experimental first step that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing any delectable eats.
In partnership with Barretto Bay Strategies, WXY created the power pedestals for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul launched the program Friday with a ceremony at Ditch Plains Beach, where three power pedestals have been installed in the sidewalks near the food trucks. A fourth pedestal is located at Kirk Park Beach. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is making tremendous progress in using new clean energy systems to provide a healthier state now and for generations to come,” Hochul said. “This project shows that every type of business can both benefit from and do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
MOVE Systems installed the units, officially dubbed Simply Grid pedestals, as the first of two phases in a food truck-centered energy plan. The second phase involves the rollout of a smartphone app that will allow food truck operators to remotely turn on electricity flow to the pedestal they are connected with, thereby increasing energy efficiency even more.
Because food trucks won’t need to run a separate generator or keep their engines idling to create electricity, the power pedestals will mean cleaner air, less noise pollution, and less smelly exhaust interfering with the delicious aroma of freshly cooked foodie favorites. The pedestals are another small part of the city’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
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