Prototype revealed for zero emission ice cream van

The electric van could replace traditional options

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nissan has created a prototype for an electric ice cream van that would mean vendors no longer have to keep the engine running while operating.

The issue of ice cream vans pumping out harmful emissions has been on the minds of councils across the UK.

Some councils are considering banning vans in town centres.

The carmaker has teamed up with ethical ice cream producer Mackie’s of Scotland to create an all-electric, zero emission solution.

The prototype, which is based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, has been fitted with a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge.

Ice cream is served from a hatch that opens on the side of the vehicle, with the vendor dispensing ice cream standing next to the van.

Nissan spokesman Kalyana Sivagnanam said consumers are becoming “increasingly mindful” of the environmental impact of what they eat.

“By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone,” he said.

Instead of the classic ice cream van jingle attracting customers, the concept van will generate a tweet revealing its location.

Mackie’s spokeswoman Karin Hayhow said the company is proud to be a “climate positive ice cream maker”.

“At Mackie’s we’ve already shifted our dependence from fossil-fuels onto clean renewable power,” she said.

“We now export 4.5 times more energy to the national grid than we consume.”

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