Nissan Demos an All-Electric Ice Cream Van

By Gary Cutlack on at

There's to be no more gassing kids as they queue for a £4 Feast in Nissan's dream of the near future, as it's using today -- a day that people whose job is to be on the internet all the time are calling Clean Air Day – to demonstrate a concept all-electric ice cream van.

The bad news for the nation's ice cream sellers is that the concept is based on Nissan's existing e-NV200 electric van, which isn't tall or roomy enough to have the freezer operative stand inside once the equipment's all been loaded – so the future of mobile ice cream sales involves the poor server standing outside all day. And there's no jingle. Instead, the van generates a unique location code using What3Words and tweets it out, like a modern Pied Piper slowly leading kids to death from obesity-related causes.

Basically it's only a standard e-NV200 that's had a flap cut in its side anyway, so any enterprising potential ice cream sales disruptor could buy an off-the-shelf van from Nissan right now, cut it open, put a 12V freezer inside, open up an Instagram and a Twitter and hey presto – the UK's first electric ice cream van business, even if you're only reselling Lidl choc ices at a 300 per cent markup to the school run mums.

This concept does go one step further than selling Cornettos out of a cool box in the boot, though, in having its onboard equipment powered by the Nissan Energy ROAM system; a portable battery pack assembled from recycled previous-gen Nissan electric vehicle cells. [Nissan]