An electric truck promises the combination of a truck’s utility, a car’s driving dynamics, and an electric vehicle’s efficiency. Other countries see many of these types of vehicles, but here in the U.S., they never stick around long.
Engineers at Nissan’s Technical Center in Arizona have created the company’s first LEAF-based pickup. That’s right, a little electric truck that can haul, carry, and move big loads. The employees at the test shop needed a way to easily transport materials and parts throughout the sprawling 3,050 acre tech center, and so, the LEAF-based pickup was born.
The design included the removal of the back half of the roof, removal of the back seats and hatchback, and sealing of the rear doors. A bed from the Nissan Frontier was dropped in, and narrowed and trimmed to fit. They then added three wooden slats on the floor to give in a retro look and a power drop rear window. The finished product, dubbed “Sparky,” looks almost production-ready.
“We tried to keep it a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘What is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation,” Nissan’s Roland Schellenberg said in a statement.
Don’t start drooling yet: While Nissan’s LEAF-based pickup is ridiculously cool, Nissan has no plans to make a production version. Drop by Cronic Nissan today to learn more about the Nissan LEAF and Frontier – which are still sold separately, of course.