The one factor limiting the vary on any electrical automobile isn’t actually battery know-how, however value. Clients don’t wish to pay extra money for an electrical automotive or van that does primarily the identical factor as one with an inner combustion engine. This in flip limits the quantity of batteries producers put of their vehicles. Nonetheless, with sufficient cash, and thus sufficient batteries, electrical vehicles can get no matter vary you need as [Muxsan] reveals together with his Nissan e-NV200 that gets over 400 miles on a single charge.
The Nissan e-NV200 is a battery electrical automobile (additionally obtainable as a badge-engineered Chevrolet van in North America) with a drivetrain from the Nissan Leaf. Which means that the entire elements from the Leaf mainly plug-and-play on this van. [Muxsan] took an additional 45 kWh of batteries and was capable of splice them in to the present battery pack, primarily tripling the capability of the unique 24 kWh pack. Some work was wanted to the CAN bus as effectively, and the automotive’s firmware wanted to be upgraded to replicate the brand new battery pack, however a comparatively easy modification in any other case, all issues thought of.
Whereas watching the video [Muxsan] additionally notes how a lot empty house there’s throughout the van, and Nissan may have simply upgraded the battery pack at any time to permit for extra vary. It additionally took the automotive 10 hours on a 6 kW charger to cost fully, however that’s not unreasonable for 430 miles of vary. In case your excessive voltage DC chops are as much as snuff, it’s not inconceivable to find old Leaf batteries for other projects, too.