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Farmer operates world’s first solar-powered ice cream van to stop children inhaling diesel fumes

A FARMER is operating the world’s first solar-powered ice cream van to stop children inhaling diesel fumes.

It was built by Styles, makers of luxury lollies in Minehead, Somerset.


Owner David Baker, 69, said: “Top-end ice cream did not look right coming from smoky vans.

"It was a health issue as well as a global issue.”

He added: "We had smoke coming from the vans right in front of the children who had just bought their ice cream.

"We've now got three vans all fitted with solar panels and people are very surprised when they find out that our service is powered by sunshine.''

David came up with his solar powered van idea back in 2016 but couldn't anyone in the industry who believed in his vision.

Currently, the three vans are capable of operating for four days of 24 hour trading at a large music festival in sunny weather before needing a power supply for four hours to recharge.

The solar panels provide enough power to run the freezers, ice cream makers and coffee machines.

David said: "Through the summer, if you've got nice sun, the solar panels create enough power to run the facilities inside the van.



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