Nissan LEAF Teardown – Video


LEAF Teardown

LEAF Teardown

This salvaged 2012 Nissan LEAF will be torn down so that a 1973 Saab Sonett III can become an electric car.

Youtuber Rob Smith explains more:

Build thread on my plans to transplant the Leaf electric drive system into a 1973 Saab Sonett III.…

Documentation I’ve been putting together regarding the required components to keep the drive system functional:…

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8 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Teardown – Video"

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Bobby sweet

Awesome can’t wait to see what u put it in keep making videos
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Awesome, a recycled Leaf makes EV conversion easier and cheaper than before! Thanks for the article. I look forward to see what fun EVs people make.

David Murray

Indeed.. In the past it would cost $20,000 to convert a gas car. Now you can buy a used Leaf for half of that. So I haven’t been able to see any point in the conversions anymore.


Actually I see the point of doing conversions, now that used Leafs made them half the price they used to be.

Also, if you own such a conversion, parts will be plentiful and cheaper


keep the entire passenger cell & driveline componentry and graft on whatever less, ermm.. debatable front and rear sheet metal.. wonder how an old 2002 would mate up..
or kick-start a new kit car company Based upon ‘retired’ Leafs a la’ the VW Bug kit-cars.. an ex-Leaf Dune Buggy would be a riot..

neppy san

That’s freaking cool. That Saab is the most aerodynamic production car ever sold in the USA, only second to the Honda Insight.

This will be an awesome conversion and i hope we get an update when it is done.

Scott Franco

Awesome, thanks for posting this.


I was just talking to my wife and saying that I would like to take a wrecked leaf and put the drive into my 27T hot rod.