Still waking up not dead in the morning
- 30 Dec 2015
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- Sunny Bournemouth by the Sea
Robert Llewellyn (Kryten in 'Red Dwarf') has a youtube channel devoted to EVs and renewable energy called 'Fully Charged'. He bought a Nissan Leaf several years ago and in one of his videos he talked about swapping out the original battery for a new one. He had it done by the company in Cheltenham mentioned earlier in this thread. The only issue he had was that the garage was closed for a time during the first lockdown. Other than that, no problem.In trying to find the article I mentioned where a secondhand EV buyer ended up with not being able to buy a replacement battery turning the whole car into landfill or a chicken shed I did stumble across an article about the Leaf 40KW battery losing capacity on each charge considerably more quickly than the smaller one.
Nissan is aware that a limited number of customers have expressed concerns with the previous generation of the Nissan LEAF 30-kWh battery.insideevs.com
If you search for Leaf 40KW battery issues there are plenty of people saying they have issues which the manufacturer doesn't seem to want to deal with. I am sure they have very few "failures" because that is an absolute term in the warranty I am sure, but ending up with something that doesn't do what was advertised is a harder thing to prove I would think.
Not that I'm going to buy an EV. Having spent some time reseaching lithiums for my camper, and installed enough with solar to run a washing machine in that when parked near the Med, I can't see it being a sensible choice for the environment, short or long term personal or business vehicle use, or as a domestic storage unit to be run from solar or a turbine to put my house off grid. All cars should be made to a more basic standard and be as light as possible, carting round more weight than needed rather than desired is too wastefull. Simplify and add lightness was and will always be true, not bolt in hundreds of kg of lithium. The only sensible use for an EV IMHO is to hopefully reduce particulates in areas where there are too many, like some city centres only.
Edit: here's the video: