mkjayakumar
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Re: Extra Battery Option

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:55 pm

Thanks, ebill,

With just 111 pounds, why is this not a solution for a range extender ? So that you can carry it in the trunk only on those occasions when you need the range.

Would 4 gallons capacity be enough to generate 24+ kWh to fill up the Leaf's battery ?
2011 Leaf, 30K miles, returned after 24 month lease.
Currently leasing 2014 Leaf SV.

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Ingineer
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Re: Extra Battery Option

Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:47 pm

It's not a range extender, it's a gas-powered charger, as you can only use it while parked. You are looking at a LONG, LOUD time waiting for that range too! 10-12 hours for a full charge or approx 8 miles of range per hour of sitting there listening to yourself not think with the loud generator running!

(And you'll need a 12A EVSE)

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ebill3
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Location: Puyallup WA

Re: Extra Battery Option

Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:22 pm

mkjayakumar wrote:Thanks, ebill,

With just 111 pounds, why is this not a solution for a range extender ? So that you can carry it in the trunk only on those occasions when you need the range.

Would 4 gallons capacity be enough to generate 24+ kWh to fill up the Leaf's battery ?
No. The spec says 10 hours at 50% capacity, so I'd probably count on a gallon an hour for near full capacity. Four hours at 12 Amps is probably less than 30 miles added range.

Plus, I think it would require a man and a strong boy to hoist that thing up and out of the trunk. Don't forget the >24 lbs for 4 gallons of gasoline, and the stinky gas can in the trunk.
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mkjayakumar
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Re: Extra Battery Option

Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:01 am

Oh well... If it is that easy as what I had imagined I am sure many would be using it now.

Thanks for the explanation.

Jay
2011 Leaf, 30K miles, returned after 24 month lease.
Currently leasing 2014 Leaf SV.

saleem145
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Re: Extra Battery Option

Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:13 pm

Generator can power the motor directly instead of charging the battery. This is what happens in the Volt. But one possibility is that you rent the generator from your Nissan dealer and then return it after that long trip. So you don't pay for it when you buy the leaf.

Saleem

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