braebyrn
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Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:41 pm

I purchased a wrecked 2013 Leaf which has 30,000 miles. The battery is a whole lot better than my 85,000 2012 battery. What is required to swap over if it is compatible?

braebyrn
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Re: Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:44 am

Any ideas? Drop the 2012 battery and replace it with the 2013 and ...............????????????

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Re: Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:55 am

You would probably need the kit mentioned at viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17168.

There's also pairing of the BMS inside the pack w/the car. If you want to swap your worn battery with a used replacement battery w/o going to a dealer (which may not help you much or be able to), read posts by Cor at viewtopic.php?f=51&t=21997.

viewtopic.php?f=51&t=21997&p=464829&hilit=25+mph#p464829 is what happens when the battery's not paired.

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Re: Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:17 am

Yes you can swap gen2 batteries into a gen1 car without any Nissan intervention.
A guy on YouTube has done it and documented the process.
Search for "Raglan Electric Bikes"
Here is a linky to one of his vids https://youtu.be/d-ka4-mG_0I

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Re: Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:20 pm

Great Info! Thanks.

I was planning on putting the 2013 batteries into the 2012 case until I complete my project and then put them back, but it looks like lots of work to swap them out. I read somewhere that the 2013 packs are sealed differently and that they get destroyed when opening them..... Maybe I just read it wrong?

Anybody know if a 2012 case will bolt up to the mounts in a 2013 chassis?

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Re: Can the 2013 Leaf battery pack swap with a 2012?

Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:39 pm

There is an adapter kit required to mount the 2013+ battery in the 2011/12 model. Based on that, I would say the 2012 battery will not bolt up to a 2013. Swapping battery packs requires dealer support to program the car to recognize the BMS in the battery pack. Taking the cells out of a 2013 case and transferring them to a 2012 case (using the original BMS) gets around that problem, and gives an older model new life, but is quite a project. From what I have read, the 2012 case is resealable, but the 2013+ is not.
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