GetOffYourGas wrote: DaveinOlyWA wrote:
TonyWilliams wrote:It appears that the 2019 LEAF e+ with 60kWh battery and 225 EPA range will have Tempertaure Management of the battery.
With an expected increase in chademo speed as well. Hard to believe otherwise. The real question becomes can they do it all and keep the price down? Its my thinking that is the reason they have not already come out with it. They want to maintain that $30-35K price range or at least near that.
This is my thinking. But it's based more on hope and wishful thinking than any kind of hard facts.
It would have been an odd decision, IMO to add either liquid cooling or pack insulation to the 2018 LEAF.
Even more bizarre, would be to add it to only some of (the likely lower production volume, higher capacity pack versions) the 2019 LEAFs.
Adding either feature is relatively trivial from an engineering standpoint, though very expensive in terms of production cost and efficiency.
If Nissan saw any benefit, why did it not add either or both features to the 2018 MY?
So, while anything is possible, until a high integrity source reports otherwise, I think we should expect Nissan to retain passive thermal management, primarily utilizing conductive cooling, in all 2019 MY LEAFs.
Either or both pack designs could use suppplementary active air cooling, much as some other BEV manufactures have, which is very low cost, but provides minimal benefits in terms of reducing battery temperature.
I'd regard blowing air from the standard AC system over the cell cases as mainly a placebo for those suffering from capacity loss anxiety
, but it would allow Nissan to tout this benefit, to those misinformed buyers for which it could be appealing.