What you see here is called Sparky – a one-off electric ute (car based pickup) that is built by engineers at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Stanfield, Arizona.
The Sparky is purely a fun project and used to haul supplies and people around on the tech centre property.
“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,” said Roland Schellenberg, Nissan Durability & Reliability.
The Sparky is a Nissan LEAF crossed with a Nissan Frontier bed, and was brought to life by Nissan’s Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet.
It is an interesting idea and as we don’t expect Nissan to take it into production, we are sure there are plenty of engineers and coach builders who can take your Leaf and turn it into this cargo hauling electric ute.