AndyH: I think you're right! That sure looks similar to the RAV4-EV's disconnect plug.AndyH wrote:There appears to be a plug on the top of the Leaf pack roughly under the rear foot well tunnel area. That's my guess for the traction pack disconnect.
Since the front seats are positioned on top of the front battery modules, those two big red connectors appear to be in a fairly inaccessible location underneath the shifter "mouse" in the center console. My guess is that they are the prime connection between the battery pack and the controller/chargers...?garygid wrote:At the front, the two big red connectors would be the battery pack's Plus and Minus, which would be about 350 volts DC, designed to carry something like 250 amps (85 kW capable).
Yeah... and it should be a mechanical hard disconnect, not some stupid thing through a touch screen interface on a computer connected to a bunch of sensors and actuators with hundreds of points of failure.adric22 wrote:This bring up another question. Take the recent media hype about runaway Toyota vehicles with their gas pedal issues or whatever. Well, first of all, I thought that was mostly retarded because anyone who doesn't know about putting a car into neutral or turning it off doesn't need to be behind the wheel of a car.
However - this is something we should seriously think about with the Leaf. As far as I know, it has no transmission to put into neutral, right? I've also always been told that with do-it-yourself electric cars there is always a small change the motor controller could fail, and fail in a way that was supplying constant power to the motor without being able to shut it off. Although the battery pack is generally connected via a relay which is controlled by the key-switch, there is a possibility that if the current is high enough the relay may not be able to disconnect.
So Nissan needs to be sure to provide us with the means, and the education to be able to stop the Leaf in the event of a stuck throttle or motor controller.