Hyperdrive Innovation To Offer Nissan (LEAF) Batteries For Various Applications

JAN 10 2017 BY MARK KANE 28

Six years after the LEAF’s introduction, and also launching own its own lithium-ion battery production (together with NEC), Nissan has now become a battery supplier itself.

British Hyperdrive Innovation has announced the launch of battery products using Nissan’s lithium-ion cells via the automakers’s Sunderland plant in the UK.

Lithium-ion battery production at Nissan Sunderland Plant

Lithium-ion battery production at Nissan Sunderland Plant

Hyperdrive’s plan is to offer batteries for various applications, from energy storage to 3rd party electric and hybrid vehicles.

The offering presented is a 3.5 kWh battery pack (48 V and 125 Wh/kg), which looks to be the equivalent of seven (original) LEAF modules (and also as the UK plant does not make the newer 30 kWh cells).

“Hyperdrive Innovation today became the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products.

The company is incorporating the Nissan-developed, UK-made new and used battery modules in its new intelligent battery systems which can be deployed by manufacturers to power electric and hybrid electric vehicles, as well as providing energy storage for off-grid and back-up utility supplies.”

“The first battery packs are currently being fitted into a number of niche, off-highway vehicles and scalable energy storage for both domestic and commercial markets.”

Hyperdrive Innovation’s Managing Director Stephen Irish said:

A stack of modules heading into a 24 kWh LEAF at Nissan's Sunderland manufacturing facility

A stack of modules heading into a 24 kWh LEAF at Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing facility

“Making the Nissan LEAF technology available to ambitious UK businesses could have a major impact on the economy. Resurgent UK car manufacturers for example would have to spend millions of pounds to develop their own electric vehicle batteries. The ability to acquire world-leading technology and engineering support via Hyperdrive instead could give UK car manufacturers a significant head start in the race to deliver commercially successful electric vehicles.”

“The commercial availability of this technology is also an enabler for homeowners, businesses and network operators to expand their energy storage capacity. For homeowners this means storing the energy they generate from renewable systems such as roof-based solar panels and for businesses it will bring operational benefits, energy cost savings and grid continuity.”

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for manufacturing in the UK said:

“As part of our Intelligent Mobility strategy, Nissan is committed to exploring new technology-powered solutions for our customers that go way beyond the electric vehicle itself.

“With the launch of the Nissan LEAF in 2010, we pioneered the EV market and we have worked consistently since to advance our battery technology so that we remain at the forefront of the sector. Hyperdrive’s new product will give customers and business owners the flexibility and power to control how and when they use energy and we are delighted to be sharing our battery technology and expertise to power this solution.”

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Nice looking package. I assume the bump on the top is the BMS?

It’d be interesting to see the specs of the pack. We already know the specs of each LEAF module inside of this 7S2P pack but it’s the BMS specs I’d like to see.

What is the cost?

The key question, as always.

The irony on your name, but I guess you did that on purpose.

Hoping to see a company make larger batteries (40-60 kwh) to fit in older model leafs.

There are a lot around in very good condition with low mile

That would make it possible to get a used leaf with 150-200 mile range real cheap

Yeah. This is what may make me keep my 2012 SL (imported from the US).

Kreisel Electric is opening a factory in March 2017. No word yet on what they will offer, but they’ve been doing many demonstrations converting conventional cars to BEVs and giving the e-Golf 55 kWh in the existing space and without weight increase. I’m hoping they will offer upgrade packs.

Kreisel is not a cell maker, but use off-the-shelf 18650s that you and I could buy on Alibaba. The fact that they can massively improve on products from companies that have access to the best cells money can buy goes a long way to showing how the incumbent car makers haven’t even been trying.

But for all I know they will target energy storage for the home or utilities, and not BEVs. Even if they do, they will need to offer a very good warranty and get garages to do the work without adding too much expense. So even though I hope, I think the chances are pretty slim that they’ll save me…

I don’t think it’s that current automakers have not been trying, it’s that they care about issues other than absolute performance. They have warranties to worry about, price points to meet, and actuarial risks to avoid. Just because someone can stuff enough 18650s in something to surpass the OEM’s capacity doesn’t make it overall better.

Nissan’s policy is not to offer upgraded batteries for it’s older models; that has suppressed used Leaf prices and is why they are so low…raises an question of trust in Nissan.

There is a large market out there of 250,000 Leaf’s for an after-market battery maker that can beat Nissan’s price of 6-7,000 dollars installed for a replacement battery. If it’s an upgraded battery for more money, that would be even better.

The only problem with your argument is that for those (100’s of 1000’s of motorists) who only tootle around locally doing 10 miles a more a day at most, the existing LEAFs on the second hand market would be a perfect car. But they aren’t selling – hence the ridiculously low used prices. Why would spending a fortune adding 100+ miles of range make any difference?

For one you’d need to hack the cars software to make the instrument cluster & infotainment work again properly. There might be legal implications, no?

I tried to get modules from Nissan for a range extender and was told “no way”. I am glad to see this company succeed.

I’ve got one of those on my bicycle.


Awesome. What are the specs on your bike? Any build-out blog?

Thanks. Impressive range! Not sure I would want such a low bike myself. I’m an avid cyclist myself.

My eyes are 57″ above ground level on the recumbent cargo bike. On my roadbike, in my normal riding position, my eyes are 57″ above the ground. In a descent, to match my recumbents, I need to be down with my chin near the bar tops, a very uncomfortable position to maintain, and hard to see out of the top of my eye sockets.

Way cool Warren.
Great repurposing of Leaf batteries.

There are now many people riding electric bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles with salvaged Leaf batteries.

Nice. I’m looking to convert my 48V lead acid pack in my Hustler Zeon to LEAF cells.


I’m one of them.

I have 19 modules in my Vectrix.

70mph and 60 miles at 60 mph.

To do it again, I’d use 18650s for 100 mi…or the new Tesla size if I could get them.

Similar to my BikeE. People assume all recumbents are low. There are many where you sit above the wheels. It’s like riding a BarcaLounger with pedals. I love it.

Give me three for my vectrix

Would be nice if it could be used to plug in as an add on to Nissan leaf to extend range. Three of these in the trunk could add 30 miles of range.

It doesn’t work like that. The Leaf, like most OEM electric cars, runs on a 96 cell (403 volt max) system. Even if you put three of these 7 module packs in series you end up at 176.4 volts max. You would need a boost inverter to get them to pack voltage.

Thanks Warren, hoping there may be something in the future to extend my Leafs range.

It is certainly possible. At least one small company claims to offer a conversion. Haven’t seen anything else about it.


I wanted to put 12 kWh in the back with 48 VDC to 220 VAC inverter to give the LEAF more than 100 mile range.

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