The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the uptake of electrical automobiles by Denver meals cart maker
About 40 years ago, Dan Gallery and his sister Debbie saw the opportunity to expand the reach of the family’s Chicago-style deli by selling groceries from a hot dog cart in downtown Denver.
“It was so incredibly successful that they were able to cash it out in about three months,” Dan told Gallery V of the purchase of the car from a street vendor in New York.
More food carts have been added. Gallery said his father and aunt were soon contacted by the food service operator at Mile High Stadium.
“That led to their first order for half a million dollars and they realized they had to start making these carts,” said Gallery, the company’s president.
Four decades later, Carts of Colorado has been renamed Gallery Carts, Kiosks, Portables. The company, which is located in north Denver, supplies custom, portable carts for sports stadiums, convention centers, airports and other venues across the country and Canada. The company continued to grow during the coronavirus pandemic, including expanding its product line to include all-electric vehicles.
Companies that buy them are using them at colleges and universities, including the University of Denver, to provide meals to students who can’t or won’t eat in the dining rooms, Gallery said.
“When the pandemic broke out, we made quick efforts to speed up production of the new electric vehicles from our Denver plant knowing they could help operators get their products straight to consumers while they were forced to comply with new health and safety guidelines. ” Gallery said.
While the food carts can be moved, they are typically 8 to 10 feet long and must be plugged into an electrical outlet to provide power for heating or cooling.
The addition of the electric vehicles provided by Club Car Golf Carts of Augusta, Georgia has been in the works for a while, but the company accelerated development about a year ago. The vehicles are self-contained and have devices to keep food warm and cold, as well as a hand wash basin.
Gallery Carts worked with AYRO Inc. in Austin, Texas to develop the vehicle’s battery and inverter systems.
“They were able to design a lithium battery and inverter system built into the manufacturer’s box where we plug in our equipment, which makes the vehicle completely independent of power sources,” said Gallery.
The battery provides enough power for about eight hours. The vehicle can be plugged into a 20-amp socket, such as is often used in garages or for larger appliances.
The gallery said with fewer or no fans participating in games, businesses closing, and colleges holding online courses, there is less foot traffic for the grocery carts.
“We had both celebrations and challenges related to the pandemic,” added Gallery.
The company recently shipped more than 1,000 mobile food trucks to the new SoFi Stadium, home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, and Allegiant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. Gallery Carts also supplied four of its electric vehicles to SoFi and expects to deliver 125 more of the 60 already on-site to various venues in 2021.