Nissan has developed a zero-emission, all-electric ice cream van for “Clean Air Day” which took place on June 20th in the UK. The concept van is based on the Nissan e-NV200 all-electric LCV (light commercial vehicle) and is a true demonstration of Nissan’s Electric Ecosystem. This system combines a zero-emission drivetrain, second-life battery storage and renewable solar energy generation.
Nissan’s concept van came courtesy of partnering with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream manufacturer using renewable wind and solar energy to power their family-owned dairy farm. The all-electric ice cream van project demonstrates how to remove carbon emissions from the entire ice cream making process.
Most ice cream vans have diesel engines that run non-stop to operate the fridges and freezers. They have been criticized for producing harmful black carbon emissions when left idling and some towns and cities in the UK actually want to ban or fine these particular type of vehicles. Nissan’s all-electric ice cream van concept could potentially be the ideal solution as vendors try to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint while offering better customer experience.
As stated by Kalyana Sivagnanam, Managing Director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, “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. This project is a perfect demonstration of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy, applying more than a decade of EV experience and progress in battery technology to create cleaner solutions for power on the go – in ways customers might not expect. By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone.”
How Does The All-Electric Ice Cream Van Work?
A 40kWh battery powers the all-electric ice cream van while the car maker’s newly unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM powers the on-board ice cream equipment. This includes a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge.
ROAM is designed for professional and leisure applications featuring a portable power pack using lithium-ion cells which they recover from early first-generation Nissan electric vehicles. This is the perfect sustainable solution for older Nissan EV batteries as they get a second life serving an incredibly important role.
Karin Hayhow, Marketing Director at Mackie’s of Scotland said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Nissan on this project as it’s the perfect complement to our own vision of becoming self-sustainable in renewable energy – and eliminating carbon in the journey from “Sky to Scoop'”.
Nissan e-NV200 All-Electric Ice Cream Van Specifications
The Nissan e-NV200 has an all-electric driving range of up to 200 km (WLTP Combined) between charges. Real-world driving results may vary depending on the starting charge of the battery, which accessories were fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load.
Combined, the two Nissan Energy ROAM units have a 1.4kWh storage capacity where each one can provide 1kW power output. Recharging the units takes about an hour using a 230v mains supply or 2-4 hours when relying on the solar panel array on the van’s roof.
To provide a better experience for customers, the electric ice cream van is different than the conventional ones. Instead of serving Ice cream from an elevated counter, vendors can dispense ice cream from a hatch that opens in the side of the van creating a real customer-facing experience.
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