Somebody should give Nissan Durability & Reliability experts Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet a medal, because they’ve crafted something that is completely unique by creating a shop truck that combines the all-electric power of the LEAF with the utility of the Frontier pickup.
Also, they call it Sparky.
Did we mention that we’d really like to drive it?
“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.
Why they would want to keep something this amazing a secret is beyond us, but we are glad that it has finally seen the light of day.
Schellenberg and Moulinet created Sparky as part of a team-building exercise that was to result in a shop truck to use around the 3,050 acre Technical Center in Stanfield, Arizona. By that accord, they succeeded with flying colors. They also succeeded in stealing our hearts.
“Being a slick truck, and not so tough, I see it as a boy – but a boy with a heart. It’s something that we all put together. We all share. So it has a little bit of everybody in there,” said Schellenberg.
We love the idea of sharing at 171 Nissan, and we encourage the good folks at Nissan to share the wealth with us and consider making Sparky a part of its lineup somewhere down the road. We’ll even throw in a hearty “pretty please with sugar on top” just for good measure. Make this happen.