Old Nissan LEAF Batteries Power This New Camper

FEB 20 2019 BY CHRIS BRUCE 18

A 400-watt solar cell keeps the battery pack going for up to seven days.

The Nissan Roam power pack uses old batteries from the first-gen Leaf to provide folks with backup electricity wherever they need it. The automaker shows off one use for this tech by teaming up with camper maker Opus as a way to keep the lights on even when traveling far off the grid. The concept model debuts at The Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in Birmingham, England.

The concept camper uses Opus’ existing Air pop-up camper as a starting point. However, this version adds a compartment for the Roam power pack and integrates a 400-watt solar cell into the roof. The setup has a 230-volt outlet for plugging in appliances, USB sockets for charging devices, and an LED light in the canopy. This concept also has racks for two bicycles or a kayak, and it rides on off-road tires.

According to Nissan, this application of the Roam power pack allows for roughly seven days of electricity, which seems like enough for an exciting wilderness adventure. An owner can also remove the Roam from the camper and use it at home. In addition to using the solar cell, a person can also plug the device into a 230-volt outlet.

The 700 watt-hour Roam lithium-ion packs come from second-life Leaf batteries that no longer hold enough charge to power the electric vehicles but still have enough juice to run the devices that a person needs to camp.

The standard Opus Air pop-up camper starts at 15,995 pounds ($20,665 at current exchange rates). The compact design makes it easy to store when not in use, and an onboard air compressor inflates the top portion in around 90 seconds. The interior has a two-burner cooktop, microwave, refrigerator, and seating space for up to six people.

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18 Comments on "Old Nissan LEAF Batteries Power This New Camper"

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Great now i want to tow this with my leaf please.

You can get receiver hitches from Curt. If you do it DIY i recommend reading the instructions twice before you begin. I have installed two on LEAFs they fit perfectly but there is a trick and if you screw up it is a PITA if you have to fish a bolt out from your car frame.

An easy way to loose your driving licence if you live in Europe as Nissan has made it illegal to tow with the Leaf. You can leagally install a hith on your Leaf or Model 3 and use it for bike rack, but towing is illegal unless manufacturer states a legal towing rating.

Good to know, thanks.

This is a great idea. A local guy is building the same with 6S 24V Chevy Volt modules.

We also need “battery only” versions (no charger, no inverter) that we can use as replacements for lead acid deep cycles…

How about just making the batteries last longer? The oldest Leaf in the US is only 9 years old. A bit early to have battery replacements if the car was designed right at the beginning. The greenhouse gas emissions are amortized over too short of a life span in the Leaf.

No more 2011 and 2012 LEAFs have had battery replacement then say Tesla models for those same years. It would be nice however if they would refurb some of those batteries and sell them back to LEAF owners that may want a newer battery. The current price for a replacement battery is too much.

“We put Leaf batteries in a trailer.” Too bad you can’t tow it with your Leaf.

That is why they show it being towed by a Rogue gasser.

Two of our LEAFs have trailer hitches for bike racks and light weight trailers for camping and going to home depot. It reduces your range about 15% but since you can charge for free at the campsite it is worth it.

In Europe it is illegal to tow with your car unless the car manufacturer has stated a tow rating for the car. But I would love to be able to tow with my Leaf, most trips with trailer is only short runs from Ikea or building material warehouses, or to the recycling facilities.

Another great thing with such a camper would be if it was possible to connect it to the cars drive batteries to have increased range and enable charging both at the same time.

What about the eNV200 vans. They are considerable more affordable than the Sedan LEAF. That would make a great camper in Europe. MAybe 5000 Euros less?

That reminds me I want to find a roof kayak,canoe.ski rack for my wife’s 2018 LEAF and remove a receiver hitch from a 2016 LEAF to her 2018 LEAF. great cars.

By the way that is a Nissan Micra electric car pulling the trailer. They sell that model in some areas.

Yuu might be right, not a Micra EV but a Rogue or actually the UK Qasqai variant.
https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/qashqai.html

Great video, I hope they sell a million of them, they should fit in perfectly in Europe where garage parking is at a premium. If I was younger, there you go.

“…and integrates a 400-watt solar cell into the roof.”

The video shows no solar panels on the tent roof or trailer roof, but does show a foldable solar panel hanging on the side of the tent that can be packed and stowed away. Those foldable solar panels are no where near 400-watts, and more like 60 watts, which would require 6 or 7 to produce that much power. If they’ve managed to up the power to 100-watts, you’d need 4 of them.

On a windy night you’re going to regret buying a camper that uses “air poles” to hold up what is basically a very large tent. 🌬💨⛺️ That thing is gonna be flipping around like a wet noodle. However, the Roam power pack is a much welcomed addition for us campers/glampers! 🙂

They should have shown it being pulled by the eVN200 Van. The EV van might be a top 10 selling EV in Europe next year if they will make them. I wish the Tesla X were ten times less expensive we would buy one and a mini camper for our retirement. But the eNV200 would be ten times more reliable with only one third the range.