Nissan Electric Ice Cream Truck Concept
Nissan have created an electric ice cream van to tackle the pollution problems created by the traditionally diesel-powered trucks.
To mark 2019’s Clean Air Day, Nissan have unveiled an ice cream truck fitted with an electric engine. The zero-emission van uses the e-NV200 platform to remove the need for a diesel engine by swapping it for a 40kWh battery.
Typically, most ice cream trucks need to keep their engine running in order to operate and power the refrigeration equipment, as well as any other machines. This causes an unnecessary increase in air pollution, and a few towns across the UK are looking to ban these pollutant vehicles or impose charges in a bid to reduce the overall emission production.
The electric ice cream van concept uses a two portable power packs when the vehicle is switched off, which will power things such as freezers and soft-serve machines. There will also be solar panels on the roof of the van to generate extra energy.
On electric power, the truck can travel up to 124 miles on a single charge. The two power packs on board can be charged on a 230V mains supply, taking about an hour. To charge these units using the van’s solar panels, it would take 2 to 4 hours.
Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. 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.”