How to build your own food truck from scratch in just a couple of hours
New Delhi: An online food truck maker has come up with a novel method for building a food truck, including its own kitchen and refrigeration unit, that can be built in a few hours.
Food truck makers are becoming more and more popular, as more consumers are choosing to eat on the go and are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile devices to cook meals.
The first commercial trucks built using the technology started off as a DIY project by a group of people in India.
But it was not until the creation of a mobile app and a website that the concept was embraced by the industry.
The company behind the food truck project, FoodVault, is a startup founded by Akshay Sharma, who runs a food startup in India, FoodPulse, which is now listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
“The idea was to use the mobile app to sell food on a platform of people’s choice, and to build a real restaurant where people could cook for themselves and eat in peace,” Sharma said in an interview.
The project, called FoodPurse, has seen a number of people taking on the challenge.
Akshaya Sharma, founder of FoodPound, a mobile food delivery app for food trucks, said the team started working on the project in December last year and the first batch of the vehicles have now been delivered to more than 1,000 customers in over 10 cities.
The app, which Sharma started by himself, uses the same platform and is a fully open source application, which means anyone can take a look at the project and contribute.
“We were not able to build an app ourselves but our team of developers worked on it, which made it easy to get started,” Sharma told Quartz.
The first truck was built by using a piece of plastic, which the company has since used for other parts like the heating element, and a battery.
The second truck, which will be launched in a couple days, will be a truck with a heated interior and a fridge, according to the company.
Sharma said that the truck will not be cheap, but it will allow food trucks to expand their operations, as it is easy to build.
“It will be easier to build than to buy a new vehicle.
We want to be able to make it cheaper and easier to get into the food business,” Sharma added.
Sharing the same idea, another startup called Hovind, has built a truck in two months, using plastic.
The technology has come from an open source project called HVACRAD, which makes its own solar panels and other components, Sharma said.
The HVADRAD project has seen the creation a number and of restaurants, ranging from traditional Indian restaurants to fast food chains.
Hovid, which has partnered with Indian Food Truck Association, is looking to raise $20 million in seed funding, Sharma told Reuters.
Sharma, a graduate of Mumbai’s Thane University, said that he had a hard time getting funding, because he did not have the right credentials.
He said that after several failed attempts, he started working with the company through the FoodPulpiti app.
Hovid’s founders said that it will soon have a working model, which includes an electric truck and a refrigerated container.
Sharma said that a truck will be ready to take orders in about three months.
“With a food delivery service, we are aiming to build more than 10,000 food trucks in the next two years,” Sharma, whose company will launch in the first half of next year, said.