goldbrick wrote:Nissan has made no official remarks about extending the refurbished battery program to the US as far as I know. It would be big news if/when it happens and it would be all over this site if it was operational.
You can probably find someone to replace your pack with a used one but Nissan will have no part of it. There are threads here where people have done it so you can gauge for yourself how hard it is. I'd say it's about as hard as swapping an engine in an old VW Beetle or something similiar so it's not that hard.
The big differences are 1) the voltages in the pack can kill you so you need to understand enough about electricity and circuits to be safe and 2) there are computerized parts that either need to be swapped or re-programmed by the dealer so the recipient car will work with the donor battery pack.
Then there are all the usual caveats about buying used parts. How can you tell the battery's condition, etc and whether it is truly compatible with the recipient car, etc. Lots of info on the threads where this has been done.
Good to know, so depending on who Nissian got to do the pack refurbishments (it's a vendor) and how well it goes, it may or may not come to North America. I suspect the reported $3000 for a pack that is already 20% down may not be worth it.
Youtube has some videos on dropping the pack and taking modules out and apart. Lost my taste for removing individual modules. It can be done however....
Yes, need to have balanced cells and same chemistry. I have a lizard battery circa 2015 (actual manufacture late 2014). I would need similar chemistry if I retained some modules from original pack. As you say the electronics all have to match. Makes more sense to get a used pack from a salvaged LEAF (totaled due to collision) and swap the whole pack.
I'm away from having to do anything. This battery should go 3-6 more years or more. Who knows??? I've been meaning to post my Leaf spy pro readings for a diagnosis on the forum. The other option is sell the LEAF and wait to buy a used BOLT or Kona. However battery degradation is a given on all EV's, but the non liquid cooled smaller packs (LEAF) seem to suffer the most..
Thanks for the thoughtful reply.