I was thinking some more about our vacation to Mexico last month. It’s easy to think about 80 degree days, white-sand beaches, and a blue sea after a string of snow and rain storms in Chicago. This time, I wasn’t thinking about tacos or Mayan ruins but about delivery vehicles. I know, exciting stuff, right? Well, I wouldn’t really call them exciting, rather, thought provoking.
One morning Chelsea and I were enjoying our lattes at a cafe on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen when I observed the local beer deliveries taking place. As a chef who orders deliveries for my restaurant, I thought this activity warranted a closer look. Call me a geek, but the little trucks, for one, were very colorful and fun to watch. What was most interesting was how they would silently roll on to the next stop. That’s right–silently. The beer, soda, and water delivery trucks were all electric. I thought this was quite impressive and wondered how much gasoline could be conserved if delivery vehicles in a city like Chicago were electric.
I asked one of the drivers about his little truck and with a smile he said, “Muy eco-lo-hical!” I also noticed several cases of various brands of beer, many of which I sampled while on vacation, filled with empty beer bottles. Yes, the empties were being picked up to be refilled or recycled. The whole situation made me smile, too. Since then, I have tracked down a couple of electric delivery vehicle dealers in the Chicago area, and I’m trying to convince a vendor friend of mine to buy an electric vehicle for his business.