What’s being touted as the world’s first and only commercially available solar and battery-powered ice cream van, the Styles Solar Van, will be on displays during the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show. The event will take place between February 11-13, 2020 in Harrogate, UK.
The van is the brainchild of David Baker, the owner of Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream, based in Rodhuish, Somerset.
“I listened to our customers – event organizers and show directors – who did not want their visitors to inhale the fumes from a diesel engine ice cream van whilst they were selling ice cream. So, I went looking for a solution. After a great deal of research and development, I created a successful system using solar panels and batteries,” revealed Baker.
The Styles Solar Van concept started life in 2016. The first prototype – using four solar panels – was ready in 2018 and the second prototype using eight solar panels started trails in May 2019. It is now available commercially for the first time.
It is built on the Peugeot Boxer Van, through other van types can be used. Its latest Euro 6 low emission engine will get you from “A” to “B” – but when one is on-site, the solar panels and batteries will power not just the freezer compartments but also equipment like coffee and slush machines.
David Baker and his team will be at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show to showcase their new vehicle, run through how it operates and to take orders, which, if placed at the show, can be delivered in six months, in time for the main summer season.