Nissan LEAF DIY Battery Removal – Video


Removal Complete

Removal Complete

There’s a huge detailed post on the battery removal process here uploaded to YoutTube by Jay Sommet, but the most important part is this:

Safety first!

To make the battery less dangerous, I did two separate procedures before removing it. First, I pulled up the service disconnect panel (between the rear passengers foot wells), unscrewed the 10mm bolts holding the metal cover down, and pulled the service disconnect from the middle of the battery. This splits the battery into two ~200 volt halves, instead of a single 400 volt whole. It also opens the circuit to the high voltage cable connections.

To remove it, you have to lift the back slightly (rotating it up), press in a catch, and then finish lifting and rotating to a vertical position, after which you can pull it out. I wore my 500 volt gloves for this procedure.

Note: The inverter portion of the motor unit has capacitors in it that take a full 10 minutes to self discharge. So after you pull the service disconnect, wait at least 10 minutes before doing any work on the orange cables!

I also removed the connections to the 12 volt accessory battery. This prevents the contractor in the battery from accidentally connecting, hopefully keeping the high voltage terminals from being energized. (However, when removing the connectors and covering with electrical tape, I still wore my 500 volt gloves…)

We don’t advise that you attempt a DIY battery removal, but it sure is interesting to see the process.

Again, we strongly suggest you check out the detailed battery removal post here.

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The Tesla Guy

Big deal, I did that with a Tesla Model S battery pack


Wow, look at you big shot. I have removed an i3 battery, opened it up, repaired it, and put it back in the car. What is your point? The person who put this together was trying to make an informative video and I applaud him for it.


You guys are bush league. Where I work we do space station batterys.


Thank you for sharing the video. I’m always interested to see what other car manufacturers have comparing to an i3 or a Prius.


Seems pretty easy. NISSAN should sell converter cabinets designed for the 24 kWh battery home storage. Another year and the 2011’s will be selling for so cheap guys will be buying them up for home battery storage instead of driving them.


One can only hope!


Now your thinking. You can buy a 2011 for about $8500 and the battery has double the capacity of a Tesla Battery for the home. Thats about the same cost. Then you sell all the components in the car for $2000.


Can someone please tell me the dimensions for the pack. I want to use itfor my HotRod


This information may come in handy. I suspect there will be some great after-market batteries available for the 1st generation LEAFs in the next couple of years. Hopefully, they will be larger than 24KWh and offer more range.