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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:57 am 
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abasile wrote:
My point was, in the absence of workplace charging in my particular case or a super long commute as in the OP's case, adding a bit more battery capacity could make a significant difference in the utility of the car.


A California company with 5 years of doing plug-in conversions for Prius is now offering a 3kWh modular add-on battery pack for the LEAF. These are perfect for cars losing capacity, or for those times when you just need a little more range and there's no place to charge at your destination. Easily transferred to and from your car.

Plus, they are fully equipped with their own high tech BMS, charger and state of the art Lithium Manganese chemistry cells. Two year warranty. Shipped to you and easy to install. The cheapest version just has a simple inverter and J1772 plug to charge your car. About 10-12 more miles per module. About 60 pounds each:

$3495

Each pack is approximately 9" wide x 14" deep x 11" high. You should be able to fit 4 of these packs in the trunk, for 12 kWh total (approximately 36" wide x 14" x 11" high) for 40-48 additional miles.

It's not yet on their website (sorry, I didn't get a picture yet) but you can contact them at:

858-486-9972
info@pluginconversions.com

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:04 am 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
Plus, they are fully equipped with their own high tech BMS, charger and state of the art Lithium Manganese chemistry cells. Two year warranty. Shipped to you and easy to install. The cheapest version just has a simple inverter and J1772 plug to charge your car. About 10-12 more miles per module. About 60 pounds each:


So is the idea that you will pull out a J1772 cord and wrap it around your car in the parking lot at work. So your car will appear to be "charging itself?"

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:10 am 
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So $14,000 and I still have to stop and charge to go the extra 48 miles? Pass.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:13 am 
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adric22 wrote:
TonyWilliams wrote:
Plus, they are fully equipped with their own high tech BMS, charger and state of the art Lithium Manganese chemistry cells. Two year warranty. Shipped to you and easy to install. The cheapest version just has a simple inverter and J1772 plug to charge your car. About 10-12 more miles per module. About 60 pounds each:


So is the idea that you will pull out a J1772 cord and wrap it around your car in the parking lot at work. So your car will appear to be "charging itself?"


Yes. It's simple and portable. Transferable to other cars.

Option is to have it hard wired (without the J1772), but that would require installation.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:15 am 
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smkettner wrote:
So $14,000 and I still have to stop and charge to go the extra 48 miles? Pass.


Lets see, a brand new LEAF at $199 lease just might be the perfect car for folks who need Rav4 EV range at $599 month.

The simplest version is "portable and transferable", where a 12kWh version at 250 pounds would not be. Yes, that would still be "modular", but you would want it installed and "hard wired".

Sorry, I don't have a price for that.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:33 am 
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smkettner wrote:
So $14,000 and I still have to stop and charge to go the extra 48 miles? Pass.


Just add another $8000 and buy another Leaf :!: . You tow one until the other one runs out of battery, then you swtich :lol:.

But seriously, if I had to go through all this trouble, I would not go or I would rent. Much cheaper either way.

EDIT: If there was trailer/range-extender that I could rent, I would look at that first even if it is ICE.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:40 am 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
abasile wrote:
My point was, in the absence of workplace charging in my particular case or a super long commute as in the OP's case, adding a bit more battery capacity could make a significant difference in the utility of the car.


A California company with 5 years of doing plug-in conversions for Prius is now offering a 3kWh modular add-on battery pack for the LEAF. These are perfect for cars losing capacity, or for those times when you just need a little more range and there's no place to charge at your destination. Easily transferred to and from your car.

Plus, they are fully equipped with their own high tech BMS, charger and state of the art Lithium Manganese chemistry cells. Two year warranty. Shipped to you and easy to install. The cheapest version just has a simple inverter and J1772 plug to charge your car. About 10-12 more miles per module. About 60 pounds each:

$3495

Each pack is approximately 9" wide x 14" deep x 11" high. You should be able to fit 4 of these packs in the trunk, for 12 kWh total (approximately 36" wide x 14" x 11" high) for 40-48 additional miles.

It's not yet on their website (sorry, I didn't get a picture yet) but you can contact them at:

858-486-9972
info@pluginconversions.com
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:49 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:51 am 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
...The cheapest version just has a simple inverter and J1772 plug to charge your car...


How does the add-on pack get charged in the first place?
Does it come with its' own charger? Does it hook into the cars charger?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:01 pm 
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smkettner wrote:
So $14,000 and I still have to stop and charge to go the extra 48 miles? Pass.


Just add another $8000 and buy another Leaf :!: . You tow one until the other one runs out of battery, then you swtich :lol:.

You know, that isn't a bad idea for some of these people that commute 150 miles per day. Keep one leaf at work charged up. Drive to work, swap cars for the drive home. Then again.. I suppose if you could charge at work, the extra car isn't needed... nevermind.

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