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There's Something Very Special About This Nissan Ice Cream Truck


Not even pistachio and mint chocolate chip are as 'green' as the treats Nissan's serving up.

The summer's in full swing, and you know what that means: late evenings, swimming outdoors, sports played on grassy fields, and frozen treats served from the back of a truck. Warm-weather classics enjoyed in the clean air – except for the ice cream trucks, with their internal-combustion engines parked running in order to keep the freezers going. But Nissan is working on a solution with the concept car (or van) you see here.

The concept is based on a Nissan e-NV200 – the company's all-electric light commercial vehicle, and more commodious counterpart to the Leaf.

Not only is this van's motor run entirely on electricity, but so is the onboard food-service equipment. The freezer, drinks fridge, and soft-serve machine are all powered by Nissan Energy ROAM, which repurposes the lithium-ion batteries from older EVs.

"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,” said Nissan director Kalyana Sivagnanam. "By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone.”

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The van has solar panels on the roof to keep those cells juiced up, and in the off-season can store energy to supply back to the grid. Instead of beaming out chimes throughout the neighborhood, the vehicle's location is tweeted out with What3Words coordinates. And the frozen treats come from Mackie’s of Scotland – a "green” creamery powered by wind and solar energy.

"We’re delighted to have worked with Nissan on this project,” said Mackie’s marketing director Karin Hayhow, "as it’s the perfect complement to our own vision of becoming self-sustainable in renewable energy – and eliminating carbon in the journey from ‘Sky to Scoop’.”