Have you ever wondered what a Nissan Leaf electric car looks like when you peel away the bodywork, seats, and virtually everything beside the powertrain?

Thanks to one enterprising YouTube user--and one sacrificed electric car--now you can find out.

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For mikeatyouttube, the author of the video above, a Nissan Leaf was apparently more interesting in pieces than as a drivable vehicle.

And the Leaf in question seems to have a life force of its own; even after it's been disembowled, it refuses to die.

2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

The video maker removed the electric motor, battery pack, and virtually every other major component, arraying most of the pieces on a pegboard.

But this isn't just a static display of Leaf parts. Everything is set up to work just as it would in the actual car.

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Like the reanimated limbs of a zombie, after being reconnected to the Leaf's battery pack the dashboard display lights up, and the electric motor turns.

The battery pack also accepts a charge. The three dashboard charging-indicator lights blink on like normal.

2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Dismembering an electric car is an involved task that only those with plenty of electrical experience should attempt, of course.

Still, this video gives anyone curious about the inner workings of battery-powered cars an interesting view.

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Since most models haven't been on the road long enough to find their way to scrap yards, deliberately cutting one up is likely the only way most people will get to see what's inside--for the time being.

Perhaps this video and other exhibitions of disemboweled electric cars will help to demystify what for most consumers is still a very new and unusual type of vehicle.

[hat tip: Bob Tregilus]


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