Nissan has created an all-electric, zero-emission ice cream van concept for ‘clean air day’ in the UK.
Most ice cream vans, particularly old models, have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment. Nissan has taken the internal combustion engine (ICE) out of the ice cream van to present a solution for carbon footprint and create the Nissan e-NV200.
Partnering with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer, Nissan’s project demonstrates how a ‘sky to scoop’ approach can remove carbon dependence.
“Ice cream is enjoyed the world over, but consumers are increasingly mindful of the environmental impact of how we produce such treats, and the ‘last mile’ of how they reach us,” Nissan Motor Ltd managing director Kalyana Sivagnanam says.
The van’s motor is driven by a 40kWh battery, but the on-board ice cream equipment, including a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge are powered by the Nissan Energy Roam.
Roam is a portable power pack that uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first-generation Nissan EVs and will go on sale later in 2019.
“At Mackie’s we’ve already shifted our dependence from fossil-fuels on to clean renewable power. We now export 4.5 times more energy to the national grid than we consume,” Mackie’s of Scotland marketing director Karin Hayhow says.
[Source: Transport Talk]