It's a lead-acid aux battery but it's thinner than usual.
The charger is likely in the box with (or part of) the inverter. It and the motor are water cooled. It's possible that they have separate cooling systems but we haven't figured that out yet.
Gear lubes have been capable of lifetime service since 1988. The Leaf will likely only have a reduction gear unit/differential and will likely only use a couple of quarts of gear lube. There won't be a service point with a cap under the hood.garygid wrote:I count 6 fluids, I think:
Four across the back, L to R:
1. Air Conditioning refrigerant
2. Possibly gear-lubrication oil ??
3. Brake fluid
4. Battery water
And, two in front, L to R:
5. Window Washer fluid
6. Motor & Electronics Coolant
Any better guesses?
Quixotix wrote:This photo is from Motortrend. It appears that they took it at the test drive of the "production model" which Nissan held recently for the press in Japan.
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alt ... index.html
There seem to be 2 radiator style caps. Why 2? Do the inverter and motor have separate cooling systems?
Second, it sure looks like a lead acid battery in there. I assume that is the "accessory" battery. But why use a lead acid one?
Because lead-acid is dirt cheap and reliable. There is one Euro car (a specific Porsche?) that uses a small lithium battery as a starter/accessory battery, but these are really expensive.deetime7767 wrote:Quixotix wrote:Second, it sure looks like a lead acid battery in there. I assume that is the "accessory" battery. But why use a lead acid one?
I was thinkingthe same thing. ???