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For Nissan's Engineers, Building Innovative Concepts Has Always Been Their Passion.
The Nissan Engineers needed the efficiency of the Leaf with the effectiveness of the Frontier so Arnold Moulinet, a Nissan Engineer spend months drawing up designs for their UTE concept. The Nissan Engineers built Sparky, a Leaf-Frontier Combination that has become their parts hauler that draws lots of attention anywhere that it goes!
Original a Secret for the Stanfield, Arizona Nissan Proving Grounds and Tech Center but with so many visitors, this unique UTE Concept was bound to be captured. I am still amazed by how well the body was made to work with the pickup bed. Check out the Nissan Leaf-Frontier Cross Concept on Barberino Nissan's blog.
Is this the Future? Small Electric UTE Car-Pickups?
Without a doubt, I believe that small electric cars that are designed to serve more than one purposes like the UTE Concept, could very well become a parts hauler for any automotive parts distributor across the U.S. from Autozone to Advanced Auto to Pep Boys to any other company! No need for them waste fuel and spend more purchasing a pickup when they can have their UTE Leaf-Frontier plugged in charging when not in use.
Think of it like the future of the El Camino....the Sparky....Would You Own One?
We’re still waiting for Elon to build an electric pickup, but in the meantime here’s Sparky, a converted Nissan Leaf. Engineers Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, eager to do a little team-building and create a cool way of moving stuff around Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona testing facility, led the project. Some of you may be wondering, “WTF? Why not just get a Frontier and be done with it.” Well, what’s the fun in that? Besides—there is a long and awesome tradition of automakers doing crazy things like building a BMW M3 pickup and Porsche-powered Volkswagen Vanagon.From Wired Magazine.
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