Nissan wants to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the production facility in Sunderland, UK in style with an odd – and oddly fascinating – Bluebird elektromod with psychedelic paint. They actually call it the ‘Newbird’ because it’s built on a Bluebird but it utilises a 40 kWh battery pack and inverter borrowed from a Nissan Leaf.
The bad news is this car is technically not road legal (it should be) and there’s more bad news because performance-wise, this isn’t exactly a game changer: it does 0-60 in 15 seconds, which would be considered sluggish with a petrol engine, but it is slower than continental drift with an electric engine. The range is not great either, as the Newbird can only travel up to 130 miles on a charge.
Nissan opened the Sunderland plant in 1986 and over 10 million vehicles have left the factory since. And this is one of ’em.
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