What happens when you cross a 2015 Nissan LEAF EV with one of Nissan's Frontier small pickups? It turns out that a quick visit to the automaker's technical center in Stanfield, Ariz., can provide the answer. There, Roland Schellenberg had been faced with a bit of a problem.
"I needed a project for a team-building activity," reported Schellenberg, who works on durability and reliability issues for Nissan. But additionally, "We had a need for a truck. Something to drive around, a shop truck."
So, making the only logical move, he teamed up with colleague Arnold Moulinet to integrate the cargo bed from a Frontier into a 2015 Nissan LEAF. The result: A one-of-a-kind Nissan that is affectionately known as "Sparky" and now patrols the 3,050-acre campus as a support vehicle.