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Largest Generator in Food Truck History

Largest Generator in Food Truck History Built by APEX

History has been made within custom food trucks! APEX is building a custom food truck that has mounted the largest generator in food truck history within this step van! Any other food truck builder, without the properly educated engineering and design team, would have extreme difficulty integrating this type of powerful generator into a food truck. APEX has an in-house design and engineering team that works with each build manufactured by our team. Our engineers 3D model each project using highly technical software.

Uniqueness of the Largest Generator in Food Truck History

Every food truck build is different, but the uniqueness of this one was exceptional. We typically power our standard food truck builds with a 12kW Cummins Onan generator. In this particular application, a 60kW generator (John Deere Diesel) was needed to power the interior components of the food truck. Weighing nearly a ton, the massive amount of power this generator produces was a welcomed challenge for our design and engineering team. Our team had to essentially build the food truck around the enormity of the generator.

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APEX’s in-house design and engineering team can assist you with determining how much power your generator needs by calculating the power requirements of all the appliances you will be using at the same time. You can also determine the power required for an appliance by checking the bottom or side for a stamp, its nameplate, or the data tag found on electric motors. Manuals also contain these information. Power requirements of appliances are usually listed in amps while most generators list power outputs in watts so a bit of conversion might be required.

Watts = Volts x Amps
Amps = Watts / Volts

To calculate: Add the power requirements of the appliances you will use at a given time. This will give you the amount of power your generator should at least have. If the load is reactive, calculate using starting wattage, which is typically 3 times the running wattage.

Example calculation: (using estimated power requirements)

Coffee maker – starting wattage: 600; running wattage: 600
Refrigerator (Energy Star) – starting wattage: 1200; runningwattage: 192
5 Lights bulbs – starting wattage: 300; running wattage: 300
Blender – starting wattage: 850; running wattage: 400
Total: 2950W

You will need a generator with power output of at least 2950 watts.

Many food truck builders are not equipped with an in-house engineering and design team, so be sure you read 10 Questions to Ask Your Food Truck Builder to ensure they are qualified to handle your food truck needs. Ready for a quote? Let's get started!