Nissan has collaborated with Mackie’s of Scotland to create an all-electric ice cream van demonstration vehicle. By going with an electric motor and onboard battery systems, the typical ice cream van’s internal combustion engine was eliminated in order to create a zero-emissions vehicle.
Nissan long ago developed the electric NV200based on its compact gasoline cargo van (the NV200).
The e-NV200 was simply adapted for the ice cream concept with some technology innovations, such as adding Nissan Energy ROAM and several solar panels.
Most ice cream vans have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment. These idling motors produce harmful emissions, including black carbon.
By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, Nissan has created a ‘clean’ ice cream van that also demonstrates Nissan’s Electric Ecosystem.
This project is driven by Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy.
The on-board ice cream equipment, including a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge, are powered by the newly unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM.
The two Nissan Energy ROAM units have a combined storage capacity of 1.4kWh and can each output power at up to 1kW.
They can be recharged either from a 230v mains supply (a full recharge takes about an hour), or the solar panel array on the van’s roof (a full recharge in 2-4 hours). They have 3×100 watt capacity solar panels.
Reference- Clean Technica, Nissan PR