1986 Nissan Electric Newbird

When Nissan opened its Sunderland UK assembly plant in 1986, the first car to come off the line was a Nissan Bluebird. 35 years later, Nissan is celebrating the anniversary of Sunderland with the one-off Newbird — an electric conversion of the classic Bluebird. Technicians at Sunderland transplanted the electric drivetrain of the Leaf into the Bluebird, beefing up the suspension for the extra weight and converting the heater and power steering to use electric power. The charging port uses the original fuel door and makes for a completely seamless integration into the existing chassis. Nissan partnered with Kinghorn Electric Vehicles on the conversion, a family-owned company that specializes in electric conversions, located just 15 miles from the Sunderland plant.

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