We never imagined the Nissan Leaf as a pickup but the company’s engineers wanted to test our imagination and surprised us. This is the Nissan Sparky a.k.a. a Leaf crossed with a Frontier and was created by Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet.
As expected, this is a one-off vehicle and according to Schellenberg it was built because they needed something to drive around, a shop truck, but also to bring the team together.
“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.
“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 Moulinet. [source: Nissan]