Designer Eric Zhang has created an attractive take on the future of mobile vendors after seeing a need for a more efficient version of the ice cream van and 'roach coach.'
The MERM, or Modular Electronic Retail Minivan, powers itself via integrated solar panels. The fully self-contained vehicle can go from mobile to retail store in just three minutes. The design was acknowledged with a Red-dot Design award.
Implications - Eco-conscious consumers don't only want to make their own lifestyles greener, but are eager to see their communities adopt green practices. Community services that are green promote environmental habits and are educational for younger generations. Companies can consider implementing environmental services in public settings to appeal to green consumers.