Big Green Q Food Truck Gets Nebraska Funding
A startup food service, Big Green Q, has been able to acquire its first “catering kitchen” truck for food preparation and delivery truck through the state of Nebraska’s alternative fuel vehicle program. Compressed natural gas powers the truck’s engine and its kitchen equipment and power generator.
Big Green Q owners Kevin and Gail Wyatt, based in Omaha, worked with Freightliner dealer Truck Center Companies to find funding for the truck. The startup business wanted to serve public events, fundraisers, lunch hour meals and private events. Truck Center Companies facilitated a relationship between the food service and the Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraska Environmental Trust and Metropolitan Utilities District.
Built on Ford F-59 Strip Chassis
The truck was built on a F-59 strip chassis with a Utilimaster box. It’s fueled through a Landi Renzo CNG conversion system with Hexagon Lincoln storage tanks.
The business was able to buy the truck through 2.5% interest rate, seven-year loan through the state program, CNG Fleet Fund. The fund provides up to 50% of the incremental cost of converting or purchasing new CNG vehicles. The state did require that the truck’s exterior be designed to promote alternative fuel vehicles, which you can see in the photo.
Three Public CNG Stations
Kevin Wyatt says that they’re able to fuel up the truck at the three public CNG fueling stations in Omaha. The truck can carry the equivalent of 70 gallons on board for $1.85 per gallon equivalent, which Wyatt thinks is a very good price.
Big Green Q is a part-time job now for Wyatt. His goal is to bring the business up to full-time and acquire at least two more of these food preparation and delivery trucks.
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Source: Omaha M.U.D. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up