Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Batteries

Canadian Shop Upgrades 2015 LEAF & Triples Range To More Than 200 Miles

Véhicules électriques Simon André, a shop in Quebec, recently put the battery pack from a LEAF Plus in an older 2015 LEAF, increasing the range to an indicated 231 miles | 371 kilometers. Originally, the 2015 LEAF came with a 24 kWh pack, and had an EPA range of 84 miles | 135 kilometers. By swapping in the 62 kWh pack, the range is almost tripled.

Véhicules Électriques Simon André, a shop in Quebec, recently put the battery pack from a LEAF Plus in an older 2015 LEAF, increasing the range to an indicated 231 miles | 371 kilometers. Originally, the 2015 LEAF came with a 24 kWh pack, and had an EPA range of 84 miles | 135 kilometers. By swapping in the 62 kWh pack, the range is almost tripled.

To explain the process, the shop put out two videos. Here’s the first, showing the background information about the pack and their methods for interfacing the newer pack to an older car:

The pack is pretty different from the factory pack on the inside, but externally it’s not very different. All connectors are still the same, and the length and width are also about the same. The only mechanical difference on the outside is that the battery pack is roughly 1.5″ thicker.

Electronically, the shop has a proprietary interface box that manages the connection between vehicle and pack to prevent “turtle mode” from happening. As far as the car is concerned, the original battery pack is still there (just with more capacity), and as far as the pack knows, it’s still in the LEAF Plus it came from.

The second video shows how they dealt with the thicker pack:

To attach the pack, they used square tubing with holes drilled to act as a spacer. The pack sits as far from the road as it does in the LEAF Plus, and is just as safe.

The adapter module they put in prevented “turtle mode,” and also allows proper level 2 and 3 charging as it should. In other words, the vehicle is a functional LEAF, but with a whole lot more range than the car came from the factory with.

To get this done, you won’t necessarily have to take your LEAF to Quebec. The shop plans on selling their proprietary module for $1000, and you can either install the bigger pack yourself or have a qualified local mechanic perform the swap. You’ll need to obtain a pack from a recycler or purchase a wrecked LEAF to get the newer pack.

This is a great opportunity for the owners of older LEAFs, especially people with 2011 and 2012 models. With lost range after not having much to begin with, upgrading to over 200 miles of range turns a city-only vehicle to something that can travel from coast to coast and to many places on the continent using Electrify America’s network.

We’re looking forward to seeing more of these swaps in action!


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

Jennifer Sensiba is a long time efficient vehicle enthusiast, writer, and photographer. She grew up around a transmission shop, and has been experimenting with vehicle efficiency since she was 16 and drove a Pontiac Fiero. She likes to explore the Southwest US with her partner, kids, and animals. Follow her on Twitter for her latest articles and other random things: https://twitter.com/JenniferSensiba Do you think I've been helpful in your understanding of Tesla, clean energy, etc? Feel free to use my Tesla referral code to get yourself (and me) some small perks and discounts on their cars and solar products. https://www.tesla.com/referral/jennifer90562

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Cars

There are two ways to consider what the best electric cars on the market are. One way is to consider what the absolute best...

Cars

The Volkswagen ID.3 seems like it just hit the market, but the attention has already shifted to the Volkswagen ID.4, and that’s because the...

Cars

April 2021 saw plugin electric vehicles taking 80.1% market share in Norway, up from 69.6% in April 2020. Overall auto volume was back to...

Cars

Sweden saw plugin electric vehicle market share reach 43.1% in April 2021, up almost 2× year on year, with full electric vehicles alone at...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.