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Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:53 am

How feasible would it be to take a Leaf with rear end damage and chop the cabin behind the front seats in order to create a simple flat bed truck? I know the Nissan engineers made one with an actual streamlined pickup bed. I'm thinking of something rough and utilitarian, functional but not pretty. Would need a back wall and window welded on and new rear lights attached to the flatbed. Are there other major issues that would be difficult to resolve?

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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:25 am

It might be a good idea to add some structural reinforcement in the back since some of the unibody strength is gone. I strongly considered buying my 2011 back from the other driver's insurance company to do this. Unfortunately, the insurance company storage yard trashed the interior and damaged the front end (and likely the underside) by handling it with a large forklift.

Edited to add: 2013 and later might be easier to work with because onboard charger is behind rear seat in 2011 and 2012. In my case, there was no damage to the charger and it booted into READY mode when I looked at it in the storage yard, but the car being trashed made me decide to give it up.
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:25 am

Yeah, some reinforcement at the back of the cab would be important. I think a small electric truck like this would be super useful for a casual do-it-yourselfer like me. I don't usually need to haul a lot of weight, mostly it's awkward lumber or a few sheets of plywood or dirty garden materials like mulch or plants.

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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:20 pm

It's been done, more or less, already. Search "Nissan Leaf truck."
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:42 pm

In my first post I already mentioned the conversion that was done by the Nissan engineers. Are you aware of a conversion that was done by a private individual?

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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:49 pm

So you want information on a Leaf pickup truck other than the conversion done by Nissan?
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:24 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:So you want information on a Leaf pickup truck other than the conversion done by Nissan?
I'm guessing he wants to see if any individual has done the conversion, not a prototype by Nissan that will never see the light of day :(
Heck we can't even get the eNV-200 EV utility van here in N. America :( With a 60kwh battery or even 40kwh, I'd be in for one :) Probably not with the 24 or even 30kwh battery as with a 30 I doubt it would even have the range of my 24kwh Leaf when new due to it's poor aerodynamics.
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:54 pm

The Nissan Leaf truck wasn't a prototype, it was a conversion done by some of their engineers. If I wanted to do a conversion I'd be asking them for information and photos. But hey, that's just me.
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:05 am

Just saw this on Inside EVs and figured I would post here for interest sake...

https://insideevs.com/video-atlis-xt-el ... ile-range/
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Re: Would converting a Leaf into a small flatbed truck be feasible?

Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:18 am

If you don't already have a particular wrecked Leaf in mind to start with, then you might want to try looking for a wrecked e-NV200 van instead.
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