It’s either not what you think or exactly what you think
Engineers at Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona technical centre have combined two things typically at odds with each other: electric propulsion and pickup trucks.
Named Sparky, their little electric runabout pickup is a combination of Nissan LEAF and Frontier while taking up about the same footprint as the long-gone Nissan Hardbody pickup.
“I needed a project for a team building activity so we can bring the team together. We had a need for a truck. Something to drive around, a shop truck,” said Roland Schellenberg, one of the fathers of Sparky.
“After he (Schellenberg) told us it was going to be the LEAF that we would redo, I went home and stayed up till like four in the morning making all kinds of designs for what would work. We basically got the stock LEAF, and after reviewing a bunch of designs of pickup trucks that we have here at Nissan, we decided to go with a Frontier bed. My main job here is working on rough-road vehicles, rough-road testing. I’m pretty good at taking cars completely apart to the bare frame and putting them back together again to resume testing,” said Arnold Moulinet, Schellenberg’s partner in electric-pickup hybridization.
Carlos – these guys should be in charge of product planning, don’t you think?
Viva la Hardbody!