Nissan has teamed up with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer, to create a new show car. Aptly named the Ice Cream Concept, it builds on the e-NV200, to which it adds a few upgrades in order to make it suitable for its delicious job.
The rear end of the electric light commercial vehicle has been converted for ice cream delivering purposes, getting an opening side hatch, with the vendor standing next to it while serving ice cream, instead of the usual behind the counter position. Customers can pay in cash, but also use contactless bank card and smartphones using the ‘tap-to-pay’ panel mounted on the side.
The entire ice cream equipment, including the freezer drawer, drinks fridge and soft-serve machine, is powered by the Nissan Energy Roam. The portable battery pack, which goes on sale later this year, features lithium-ion cells sourced from the automaker’s first-gen EVs. With a combined storage capacity of 1.4 kWh, they can be charged using the solar panel on the roof, in 2 to 4 hours, or by plugging it in a 230V socket for about one hour.
Proving the juice to the e-NV200 Ice Cream Concept is the same battery used in the production model, which has a 40 kWh capacity. When fully charged, the electric van has a total driving range of up to 200 km (124 miles) in the WLTP combined cycle.