The 2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky is a small pickup truck version of the popular electric vehicle. It has an added bed, for transportation of the small goods. It’s quite interesting, so make sure you read the following review till the end.
2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky Design
Like I said, the 2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky is basically the all-electric Leaf, where designers have removed its top and rear seats, and added a bed into the back. It looks quite good. It’s dimensions are almost identical; it is just 10 inches narrower and a few inches lower. The front end remains the same, it still features the distinctive design with the compact hood, diamond LED headlights with blue reflective material, and a door behind the badge that hides the charging port. The rear end is very sleek. There are narrow taillights, and between them is a small tailgate with integrated wing spoiler. The pickup rides on a custom 16-inch steel wheels. The rear working power window was cut from a Nissan Titan that was destined for the crusher.
The interior and dashboard of the 2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky look identical to the regular car, except here are only two seats available. The cabin is well equipped, with lots of gadgets and controls. In the center stack there is a 4.3-inch LCD display, surrounded by a bunch of controls. It is used to display lots of information and for GPS navigation. Behind the steering wheel you can see additional digital displays that replace the standard instrument cluster.
Engine, Specs, Performance
The 2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky has the similar performance as the base model. It is powered by an 80-kW electric motor that can produce 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque and a 24-kWh Li-ion battery pack. Using a fast chargers, the car’s battery can be charged to 80% in about half an hour. It’s top speed is about 90 mph and can travel up to 75 miles. As for the electric economy, it is rated at 129 MPGe.
Sparky Price and Release Date
Unfortunately, the 2014 Nissan Leaf Sparky is a unique vehicle and there is only one unit. It is used as a support vehicle at Nissan’s proving grounds at Stanfield, Arizona. Basically, it is used as a shop vehicle and haul small loads. But, if it ever enter into a mass production and go on sale, I would expect a starting price of about 35 thousand dollars.
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