Nissan has shown off its vision of an electric ice cream van as a part of the brand’s Clean Air Day celebrations.
Built in collaboration with ice cream maker Mackie’s of Scotland, it is based on the e-NV200 electric van, and makes use of solar panels to power the machinery within, which would stop vendors having to worry about draining their batteries while parked up. This system also means that potential users of the van wouldn’t have to worry about carrying a fuel-powered generator.
The project came into being as a response to growing concerns over the safety of current ice cream vans, which are largely diesel-powered and have to tick over all day in order to power the ice cream production process.
The partnership with Mackie’s is apt, as the Scottish firm powers its dairy farm using wind and solar energy.
Kalyana Sivagnanam, Nissan Motor GB’s managing director said: “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.”