Dutch design company Springtime has produced an awesome solar-powered ice cream cart that keeps frozen treats chilled withough in the summertime without generating any CFCs or emissions. The device uses the sun’s energy to charge batteries in order to keep its refrigeration unit running.

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Springtime developed a pair of solar-powered ice cream carts as part of a joint venture between IJS & Zopie and Odenwald Organics. The Dutch design and creative force aims to produce “exciting and paradigm-shifting products, experiences and brands in the areas of mobility, sports, interior, public design and brand development”.

The ice cream carts were designed to have a solar panel attached to the roof, which charges the batteries in order to keep the ice nice and cold on a hot summer day. The design team hope that the innovative vending cart will result in a energy-neutral solution for ice cream vendors all around the world.

The first two prototypes of the energy-neutral ice cream cart have already been honored with two prestigious awards: the Syntens Innovation of the Week (2008) and the P + ice fun prize (2009). The design team are now taking orders for their next production run, so if you are an ice-cream vendor with an interest in the environment, then check out more information here.

+ Springtime.nl