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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Mon May 02, 2022 2:08 am
by nismoboy34
mux wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 12:29 pm There's a full schematic and layout as well as some starter code, all CC-BY-SA as per the included license. It's all packaged together.

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Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Tue May 24, 2022 12:48 pm
by DougWantsALeaf
I wonder if the hiked prices of cars has changed the calculus of battery upgrades for the Leaf?

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Tue May 24, 2022 2:31 pm
by Stanton
DougWantsALeaf wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 12:48 pm I wonder if the hiked prices of cars has changed the calculus of battery upgrades for the Leaf?
I have wondered the same thing as prices for salvaged Leafs rise well beyond what I paid over a year ago...and come to the following conclusion: if this is what I really wanted to do, I probably would have just "bit the bullet" and paid whatever the market demanded. After all, there is still a 3x-4x price difference between upgrading/extending the life of my current Leaf and buying a new car.
I'm just glad I did it when I did it--and I'm very happy with the result!

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Tue May 24, 2022 8:15 pm
by DougWantsALeaf
Yes it was.

I am visiting my sister who has a 2017 Leaf with 11 bars. Enough range left that its not really worth the investment and the battery is not trending towards a warranty replacement.

It's likely not worth it to buy a used Leaf and then buy an upgrade, but if you have a degraded Leaf currently, it might be worth it now.

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Wed May 25, 2022 12:37 am
by alozzy
Not sure why this post duplicated, so removing this first one.

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Wed May 25, 2022 12:39 am
by alozzy
A few, very fortunate people might be lucky enough to find salvage 40 kWh packs for around $10k - $12k USD, as well as a heavily degraded, yet otherwise in good condition, older LEAF for under $5k - $7k USD.

Given what used 2018 LEAFs are selling for in this insane used car market, less than $20k all in (car + pack + CANBUS bridge + installation) for a good condition LEAF with a healthy, 40 kWh pack is a comparatively good deal.

I personally wouldn't do it even at that price though, as the current car market is way overpriced.

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Wed May 25, 2022 11:34 am
by goldbrick
Don't forget that a new 40kWh Leaf can be had for ~$20k in some states if you qualify for the full tax credit. I don't know if my local utility is still giving rebates for a Leaf but I think there is still the $7500 federal and $2500 state tax credit available in Colorado for a Leaf.

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 5:52 am
by DougWantsALeaf
That's if you can find one..and one without markup. Our local dealer is putting 7500 on top of the msrp for the very few areas they are getting.

Only a couple new Leafs exist in Chicagoland right now.

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 6:46 am
by rmay635703
Our country is exporting massive numbers of junk and used cars overseas , if you try to bid on said garbage they usually want as much for scrap as a new car.

Unfortunate we don’t place an export tarriff on the under 5 year old category, likely the cause of the jacked up scrap market as well

Re: Battery Upgrades are very possible

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 6:57 am
by Stanton
rmay635703 wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 6:46 am Our country is exporting massive numbers of junk and used cars overseas , if you try to bid on said garbage they usually want as much for scrap as a new car.
I was routinely competing with International bidders (especially Eastern European block) when I was trying to buy my salvage Leaf. I remember thinking a disproportionate number of salvage EVs were going to Ukraine/Russia/etc (although that may have changed recently).