Chattanooga, TN (WDEF): Chattanooga takes another green step forward.
A local business unveiled the first mobile solar vending kiosk in Chattanooga Thursday morning. Representatives say it makes a strong visible statement about sustainable responsibility.
The mobilized unit is powered by solar panels. It can vend up to two thousand drinks and includes a recycling area for bottles and cans. The wheels are designed to go up inside the can to sit down and look just like a coke can.
Rob Creswell, CEO VendoMax said, "Mark Hixson and I came up with the idea. We were looking at vending industrial products, which is the industry I'm in, and after we figured out how to vend industrial products, we decided that the largest user of vending machines in the world is the beverage industry."
VendoMax approached Engineered Mechanical Systems in Chattanooga to design and create their idea. Troy Williams, Sales Director Engineered Mechanical Systems said, "We hope its something some of the big corporations around Chattanooga really like, and decide this is something they could really use at events, and hopefully we'll be able to fabricate some more of them for these guys."
The unit features the option to charge electronics such as phones and laptops.
It also has the capability of running up to 3 to 5 days without sunlight hitting the solar panels. Creswell said, "These are built in Chattanooga and we hope to keep things built in Chattanooga, so we are just introducing it to the world." The unit will be sent and unveiled in Las Vegas next week at the World's Largest Vending Show. Fore more information regarding the green vending go to www.vendomaxsolar.com