2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

A company called Hybrid Industries posted onĀ Craigslist an offer to double the kWh capacity of the 2011-2014 Nissan LEAF, thus extending range up to 160 miles.

Lack of info, photos and general presentation of how the upgrade works makes us skeptical, although most of us do wish for a longer range LEAF, so Hybrid Industries has indeed gained the interest of some LEAF owners.

Who wouldn't like to have a 48 kWh Nissan LEAF? Hybrid Industries said that the additional 24 kWh will be added to the existing 24 kWh for just $6,500:

"We are upgrading any year any model Nissan Leaf. The system is now 2 times larger, the factory battery system is 24KWHR which is good for 80 miles, this is now 48KWHR which is good for 160 miles total. No additional computers necessary, this is a complete battery system upgrade. This upgrade is much more reliable, gets 160 miles per charge, the factory charger charges the second battery as well, no need for any additional components."

Screen Grab From Hybrid Industries Website

Screen Grab From Hybrid Industries Website

By the way, Nissan is selling new 24 kWh packs replacements for $5,499 (although you must leave the old battery valued at $1,000, so the total cost of the new battery is $6,499). Price does not apply is you don't have a battery pack to give to Nissan for replacement.

We do wonder how Hybrid Industries will be able to profit by selling 24 kWh for $6,500 ($270/kWh with installation included, we believe) and how they will manage to fit additional 24 kWh of battery, since the original pack remains in place.

The upgrade could turn the LEAF into a no-trunk car or a 2-seater.

Image From Hybrid Industries

Image From Hybrid Industries

Anyways, despite the fact that the 30 kWh version of the LEAF is now available, it seems there may be a market for battery upgrades. At least that's what Hybrid Industries thinks.