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Clean Air Day: Nissan Introduces The e-NV200 Ice Cream Van

Things are getting chilly here for Nissan, as they remove the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) for the all-electric, zero emission concept for 'Clean Air Day' today, 20/06/2019.

Partnering with Mackie's of Scotland, a family-run ice cream producer, who powers their dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy.

The project is demonstrating a 'Sky to Scoop' approach to remove carbon dependence at every stage of the ice cream journey.

Typically, diesel engines are used to power the refrigeration equipment,  but due to much backlash and concerns for the harmful emissions these engines produce, such as black carbon when the vehicle is left to idle, Nissan decided to provide a cleaner solution.

Many UK towns are looking to ban or fine these vehicles. This is where Nissan steps in by offering a solution to keep your local ice cream vendors selling to you locally. UK Government incentives to drive all-electric include the plug-in car grant, zero congestion charge and zero road tax.

Based on the e-NV200, Nissan's 100% electric LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle), the concept demonstrates Nissan's electric ecosystem combining a zero-emission drivetrain, second-life battery storage and enewable solar energy generation.

The van's motor is driven by a 40kWh battery. The on-board ice cream equipment, including a soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge, are powered by the newly unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM, which goes on sale later in 2019.

ROAM is a portable power pack that uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first generation Nissan electric vehicles. Thus, providing a sustainable second-life for Nissan EV batteries.

The e-NV200 has an all-electric driving range of up to 124 miles (WLTP Combined) between charges.

The two Nissan Energy ROAM units have a combined storage capacity of 1.4kWh and can reach output power up to 1kw. They can be recharged either from a 230v mains supply (a full recharge takes an hour), or the solar panel situated on the van's roof (a full recharge in 2-4 hours).

Instead of a jingle to attract customers, the concept car 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 fnd the van in park or seafront location where normal street addressing would not apply.

Designed for city business, with 4.2m³ load space for cargo; a driving range of up to 187 miles in city conditions (WLTP Urban City Cycle), and rapid charging from 20-80% in just 40-60 minutes.

Clean Air Day is the UK's biggest air pollution campaign. It's a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. Clean Air Day is coordinated by Environmental Charity Global Action Plan and is supported by more than 200 organisations.

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Posted on 20th June 2019 at 11:43 AM

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