Ice cream vans are not really a popular concept in the Philippines. Instead, we have Mamang Sorbetero. However, these vans loaded with creamy goodness are a hit elsewhere around the world, and have been around for awhile. At the same time though, these vans, especially older models, aren’t exactly the cleanest vehicles driving around.
The diesel engines found in traditional ice cream vans, which are constantly operating in order to keep the refrigeration equipment running, produces harmful emissions, especially when idling. Because of the emissions produced by these vehicles, some towns in Europe are looking to ban ice cream vans already.
In a bid to keep ice cream vans alive for the next-generation, Nissan has built an all-electric ice cream van called “Sky to Scoop” based on the e-NV200 light commercial vehicle (LCV).
According to Nissan, the concept is a “working demonstration of Nissan's Electric Ecosystem”, which combines a zero-emission powertrain, second-life battery storage, and renewable solar energy generation. The van uses a 40kWh battery which drives the electric motor. Meanwhile, the onboard ice cream equipment (soft-serve machine, freezer and drinks drawer) are powered by Nissan Energy ROAM. ROAM is a power pack which uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early-generation Nissan EVs, giving the batteries a second life.
“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. By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.
With Nissan’s “Sky to Scoop” concept, ice cream vans can continue to live on even with tighter emissions regulations as an all-electric commercial vehicle. Who knows, even Mamang Sorbetero, could be using one of these in the future as well.