The Van Links:

Van Essentials:

(919) 521-8448

events@konachameleon.com

Forward Thinking.

Our "bean wagon" runs on biofuels to deliver a deliciously sustainable coffee experience.

We're an evolutionary leap forward from the ordinary coffee shop.

Organic & Fair Trade?

It's important to us.

All of the locally roasted coffee and espresso blends we serve are certified organic and fair trade.

Recycled Veggie Oil?

The mobile coffee shop is powered by biodiesel and Waste Veggie Oil.

Our generator fuels are locally produced from recycled sources.

Van FAQ

Q: What kind of van is it?
A: The Kona Chameleon is a Dodge Sprinter (manufactured by Mercedes Benz in Germany) and rebadged for the US market.
Q: Why a Sprinter van?
A: Several reasons. They are very tall inside and most people can comfortably stand up in the cargo area. Also, the diesel motor is very fuel efficient for a vehicle of it's size. Finally, as a Mercedes Benz product, they are well-built and also very classy.
Q: How big is the van?
A: Pretty big; over 20 ft. long, but very maneuverable.
Q: Are the wood grain graphics painted or vinyl?
A: Painted. The concept was designed and executed by Clark Hipolito and his associate Tony Ramsi from The Art Co. in Raleigh.
Q: Where can the van go?
A: The van is completely self-contained and can function at full capacity in any location. Ideally, the location will have a relatively flat space to park.
Q: Does the generator have to be running?
A: Technically, no. The van is equipped for "shoreline" power. Basically, it can be plugged in. To function at full capacity while plugged in, however, it does require a 50 amp 220v circuit. The typical household plug and cord will not work.
Q: Is the generator loud?
A: No. It is surprisingly quiet, actually, given it's size and capacity. It is comparable to a car at idle. The generator is built into a custom enclosure lined with a special sound & heat absorbing insulation. Depending upon the ambient noise in the area, it may not be noticed at all.
Q: What kind of fuel does the van use?
A: There are two separate fuel systems on board; the stock Sprinter system and the dual-tank generator system. The Sprinter van runs on a diesel / biodiesel blend that meets the requirements set forth by Diamler Chrysler. The generator uses B100 as a start/stop fuel and switches to WVO after the system warms up.
Q: What is the difference between Biodiesel & WVO??
A: Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) is exactly that. In most diesel motors, it needs to be heated to improve fuel flow and reduce the risk for gunking up the fuel injection system. Biodiesel is produced by taking a feedstock like WVO and initiating a relatively simple chemical reaction to remove glycerin from the oil. Effectively, this process reduces viscosity.
Q: Can any diesel engine run on biodiesel?
A: Generally speaking, yes. Biodiesel does not need to be preheated before entering the fuel injection system, unlike WVO. Theoretically, any diesel motor will run on WVO. However, many modern fuel injection systems are not well-suited to use WVO, even after it is heated, because they operate at very high pressures and are not designed for a high viscosity fuel like WVO.