Concept replaces the usual diesel generator with a power pack using recycled battery cells from earlier electric cars.
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The Nissan e-NV200 ice cream van concept, unveiled in partnership with Mackie's of Scotland, is hoping to provide a more environmentally friendly way of enjoying some summer refreshment.

While most ice cream vans employ a diesel generator to power their soft-serve maker, freezer and fridge, the e-NV200 uses two Nissan Energy Roam portable power packs.

The Energy Roam units use lithium-ion battery cells recovered from Nissan's first generation of electric vehicles, including the original Leaf hatchback.

Each Energy Roam unit has storage capacity of 0.7kWh, and can output up to 1kW. They can be recharged in an hour using 230V mains power, or via the van's solar panels. The latter method takes between two and four hours for a full recharge.

The ice cream served by this concept van is made and processed with renewable energy, and the milk is said to come from a "climate-positive family farm".

Without an on-board diesel generator this van doesn't pollute its immediate environment like other ice cream trucks.

Thanks to its relatively low roof, the van features a pop-up hatch on its side and the vendor stands beside the van rather than within an enclosed area.

Instead of the annoying jingle, the concept has a button, which when pressed generates a tweet of the van's location.

The e-NV200 van itself has a 40kWh battery pack, and has a range rating of 200 kilometres using the WLTP test cycle. Driving the front wheels is a 80kW/254Nm electric motor.