Oilpan4
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:35 pm

Reagle wrote:They just posted a third part- basically they just ended up transplanting most of the guts and wiring from 2018 into 2014. Took some work but it ended up being a fully functional 2018 in a 2014 body :)
So that the car knows it has as 40kwh battery and displays as such on the dashboard.

Do you have a quick list of everything they swapped into the 2014 from the 2018?

I'm assuming it's the battery, VCM, BCM, dash unit? How about the motor and inverter/charger unit?
(I can't watch it till tomorrow)
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Reagle
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:17 pm

They swapped literally everything, including powertrain, rear brakes (due to electronic parking brake), full dashboard, even headlights. though that gave them some hassle- ended up using LED bulbs in existing assemblies.
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Oilpan4
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:16 pm

Wow.
I think I will stick with making a confused
24kwh battery that self identifies as a 40kwh battery.
I think that's really cool that they were able to do that but it's just too much man hours for me and most people to pull off.

It is tempting if I could get a new enough wrecked 2018 for cheap. It would have to be wrecked like beaten beyond recognition by a hail storm, not in a bad crash because I would need almost everything between the bumpers.
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DaveinOlyWA
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:23 pm

Reagle wrote:They swapped literally everything, including powertrain, rear brakes (due to electronic parking brake), full dashboard, even headlights. though that gave them some hassle- ended up using LED bulbs in existing assemblies.
so for the cost of two cars, we can get one with a 40 kwh pack... yeah, nothing wrong with that.
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Oilpan4
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:31 am

I would be looking for a totalled one at an insurance auction.
The cost would be about 20% of what a new non wrecked one would be.
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:37 pm

DaveinOlyWA wrote:so for the cost of two cars, we can get one with a 40 kwh pack... yeah, nothing wrong with that.
That is what I was thinking as well. For the investment of either a mechanically and electrically complete '18 Leaf or a pile of parts costing 3 times the price of an '18 AND a '14 with a good body and interior - you end up with one Leaf which looks like a '14 but mostly drives like an '18. I'm not sure that is a win.
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:24 pm

^^^
Indeed. Weird.

One is better off buying a used '18.

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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:47 am

The 2018 nissan leaf right now is going for $22,000 to $25,000.
That's about $15,000 more than I ever want to spend on a vehicle.
I buy vehicles outright, I don't do payments.
2011 white SL leaf with 2014 batt.
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:00 am

Oilpan4 wrote:The 2018 nissan leaf right now is going for $22,000 to $25,000.
That's about $15,000 more than I ever want to spend on a vehicle.
I buy vehicles outright, I don't do payments.
Not even zero interest payments (Which Nissan regularly offers on Leafs)?
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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:28 am

The only payments I'll do are realestate.

Even then if the payment is zero intrest I will still have get to full coverage insurance which will at least double the cost of my liability only insurance.
I have been driving for 20 years and never had an at fault crash so I don't see the need for full coverage.
Plus me and my wife keep a spare car on hand. That's the best "car insurance" I have ever had.
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Chargers: Panasonic brick moded for 240v, duosida 16a 240v and a 10kw setec portable CHAdeMO
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