​Video: Nissan engineers turn over a new Leaf

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Think electric cars and pickups sit at opposite ends of the car scale? Think again. Nissan bods have mated the Leaf electric car with their Navara pickup to create a mutant Leaf pickup.

This isn't any old concept car poseur though; this machine is now being used by Nissan engineers in Arizona to cart people and supplies around Nissan's enormous 3,050 acre technical centre.

One of those responsible for this creation is Roland Schellenberg, who works in the durability and reliability department. He said: "I needed a project for a team building activity so we can bring the team together. We had a need for a truck. Something to drive around, a shop truck.

"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."

Take a look at the video below to see the Leaf pickup in action: