Anybody ever added battery capacity to Nissan Leaf?

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Anybody ever added battery capacity to Nissan Leaf?

Post by Hwy89 » Nov 12, 2017 2:47 am

The older leafs are getting pretty cheap and I'm considering buying one. Has anyone here added some battery capacity to their Leaf for the occasional longer trip. I'm a battery builder with a couple hundred Tesla 18650 cells that need to be put to use somewhere.
The older leafs look like a good project to put some extra battery into and stick some solar panels onto the roof. Any experience out there?

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Re: Anybody ever added battery capacity to Nissan Leaf?

Post by Punx0r » Nov 13, 2017 4:51 am

Yes, google "Nissan leaf double battery"

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Re: Anybody ever added battery capacity to Nissan Leaf?

Post by Hwy89 » Nov 14, 2017 12:51 am

I was looking for more of a DIY solution. There are several youtube videos where people have added 18650 packs that were not too successful and didn't follow up with newer videos explaining how the problems were solved.
I was hoping an ES member had done an upgrade.

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Re: Anybody ever added battery capacity to Nissan Leaf?

Post by dirkdiggler » Jan 08, 2018 3:08 pm

I'm in the same boat with wanting to add capacity to an older e-vehicle. It happens all the time here for bikes, but cars seem to be a totally different story. I've seen the 2014 Ford E-focus sell for $8k with only 20k miles. If I could buy two and hobble them together it would make for a great vehicle. I want at least 150 miles of range and don't care if the back seat is just full of batteries. I was hoping Arlo would have something by now with his project car. I personally don't want to mess with the voltages and amps of electric car battery systems. Probably just cheaper/better to get an older Tesla with a gazillion miles on it. I saw a 2012 MS 60 listed for $30k with over a hundred thousand miles a while back. Is it worth taking the chance? Maybe in a few years we'll have more options.

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