From Sky to Scoop: Nissan unveils zero-emission ice cream van concept for Clean Air Day

LONDON, UK (June 20, 2019) – Nissan has taken the ICE (internal combustion engine) out of the ice cream van, creating an all-electric, zero-emission concept for ‘Clean Air Day’ in the UK on June 20th.

Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer powering its family-owned dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy. The project demonstrates how a ‘Sky to Scoop’ approach can remove carbon dependence at every stage of the ice cream journey.

Most ice cream vans, particularly older models, have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment. These motors are criticised for producing harmful emissions, including black carbon.  Especially when left idling. Some UK towns and cities are now looking to ban or fine these vehicles. Nissan’s concept presents a potential solution for vendors looking to reduce their carbon footprint, and offer customers a better experience.

The prototype van is based on the e-NV200, Nissan’s 100% electric LCV (light commercial vehicle). The concept is a working demonstration of Nissan’s Electric Ecosystem, combining a zero-emission drivetrain, second-life battery storage and renewable solar energy generation.

So the van’s motor is driven by a 40kWh battery. Plus the on-board ice cream equipment, including a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge.  Yeah those are powered by the newly unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM.  All which goes on sale later in 2019.

Designed for both professional and leisure applications. So ROAM is a portable power pack that uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first-generation Nissan electric vehicles (produced from 2010 onwards). This provides a sustainable second-life for Nissan EV batteries.

Nissan e-NV200 Ice Cream Van: Detail
The e-NV200 has an all-electric driving range of up to 124-miles (WLTP Combined)* between charges. 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**).

Instead of a jingle to attract customers – not always popular with parents.  So the concept has a smart button that generates a tweet of the van’s precise location using the global addressing service What3Words. What3Words divides the world into 3m x 3m locations.  For each with a unique three word address, e.g. ///trendy.angel.define is a spot on Brighton & Hove’s seafront in the UK. Customers can also easily find the van in a park or seafront location.  I mean where normal street addressing would not apply.

Thanks to the e-NV200’s bi-directional charging capability.  So owners could even income through the winter.  Especially when the van is less frequently used. Through a V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) charger.  Then the e-NV200’s battery can be used to store surplus energy from the national grid (for example renewable wind and solar energy).  I mean and then provide it back to the grid when needed. This technology can help balance out the peaks in national energy demands.  For that’s as well as providing EV owners with additional revenue from their vehicle when it’s not being driven.

Sources: Mackie’s of Scotlandhttps://www.mackies.co.uk, Nissan e-NV200 and Nissan Energy ROAMhttps://www.nissan.co.uk and Clean Air Day UK, Global Action Plan