It has been a supply of annoyance to house owners of the primary era Nissan Leafs. Those that had the unique 24kWh battery, and who wished to improve to the 30kWh battery fitted to later fashions, have been instructed by Nissan that the larger battery was not backwards appropriate.
Lastly, although, some excellent news. A New Zealand firm has been engaged on a go-around and believes it now has a solution.
EVs Enhanced (primarily based in Christchurch) has lately launched a ‘battery translator’ that may allow the becoming of later mannequin 30kWh batteries to the 24kWh AZEO mannequin.
As they describe it:
“EVs Enhanced’s HV Battery Translator …. may be simply put in to effortlessly and elegantly resolve communications issues between an earlier automotive and a later-type battery.
The battery translator module sits between the donor battery and recipient Leaf protecting all methods blissful.
Utilizing all the battery pack from one other automobile ensures that the lithium battery controller is an ideal match for the cells getting used so it may possibly perform as initially meant.
This Battery Translator together with our HV Battery Pairing Instrument, provides a wealth of recent battery change alternatives for Leaf house owners, particularly as new third occasion battery packs are launched on the high finish. Going ahead, we can have a cascading vary of battery improve choices”.
It’s price noting that Australian delivered Leafs (being all ZEO fashions) can’t make use of their present battery translator. Hope is on the horizon although: EVs Enhanced are engaged on a translator for the ZEO mannequin and hope to launch it quickly.
An additional drawback for Australian Leaf house owners is that there are not any 30kWh batteries out there right here! Nonetheless, that ought to not cease an enterprising EV enterprise from setting as much as import and set up the elements as soon as the ZEO translator turns into out there.