Nothing reminds us of summer quite like the cacophonous sound of an ice-cream van worming its way through the neighbourhood.
The ice-cream van of the future could be very different though if Nissan has anything to say about it.
The vehicle manufacturer has created an all-electric ice-cream van in celebration of Clean Air Day in the UK. The vehicle is a prototype based off of its e-NV200 light commercial vehicle.
The modified van sports a zero emission drivetrain, second-life battery storage, is solar energy generation and has a 40kWh battery.
Nissan claims the battery can be fully charged in an hour when connected to the main and two to four hours if charged via the solar array on the roof.
The all-electric driving range clocks in at 124 miles or 199.5km.
To keep the dairy delights cool the van features a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge all powered by Nissan Energy ROAM.
ROAM is a portable power pack made of lithium-ion cells recovered from first-generation EVs from the Nissan stable.
“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,” managing director for Nissan Motor Great Britain, Kalyana Sivagnanam said in a statement.
As for the noise that comes with an ice-cream van roaming the streets, Nissan has addressed that as well.
“Instead of a jingle to attract customers – not always popular with parents – 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, 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 easily find the van in a park or seafront location where normal street addressing would not apply,” Nissan explained.
The manufacturer also claims that the van could be used to help owners earn an income during colder Winter months. The van can reportedly store surplus energy and feed it back to the grid when needed.
While we would miss the sounds and smells associated with the ice-cream vans of old, we can’t deny that they need an upgrade.