A tuk-tuk, also known as an auto rickshaw or three-wheeler, is a compact, motorized vehicle commonly used for transportation in many parts of Asia. It's a small, open-air vehicle with a passenger cabin in the front and a rear compartment that can be customized for various purposes, including food and beverage vending. The American version of tuk tuk is the Cushman Truckster.
Tuk-tuks and their American counterpart, the Cushman Truckster, are an excellent choice for a mobile food cart. The American Cushman Truckster was prominent in the 60's and 70's and used widely as campus security vehicles, mail vehicles, meter maid trucks and farm vehicles.
Their compact size and maneuverability make them well-suited for navigating through congested urban areas, fitting fun vending in tiny spaces. Tuk tuks can be gasoline or electric and this makes them great for interior vending experiences.
Starting Pricing for Tuk Tuks and Cushman Tap trucks begin at $35,000 and include mechanical tune up, rear tap box, tap wall with four wall taps and draft system, custom seat cushion and your choice of single color paint.
Additionally, tuk-tuks have a charming and eye-catching appearance that attract attention. Their open-air design allows customers to interact with the vendor, creating a more engaging and personalized experience. Their vintage appeal and fun size have made Cushman Trucksters and Tuk Tuks great for mobile bars, tap trucks and smaller mobile coffee shops.
These smaller mobile business trucks are not typically driven on the street in America and may not be road legal. Often they are transported within a larger trailer to the event and driven only short distances. Tuk Tuk mobile bars are relatively easy to maintain and repair, and light enough to push for two people if you ever need to move them without starting the engine.
Tuk-tuks are a practical lower cost and attention-grabbing choice for a food cart or beverage cart due to their compact size, maneuverability, and unique design. They offer an engaging way to bring your beer and wine or culinary creation to the street. They can also create a fun pop-up truck so your product can reach a customer base beyond your brick and mortar.