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Nissan Leaf Battery Upgrade Project

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Please help support our Nissan Leaf battery upgrade project!

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New Zealand owners of Nissan Leafs have no options to upgrade their car with a new battery pack to extend the useful life of their car. At Blue Cars we recognised this looming environmental problem years ago and started working on a solution.

Our first big step was in 2017 when we launched our pilot project with co-funding from EECA. This allowed us to design, build and test our own replacement battery module for a Nissan Leaf. Our new module achieved 45% greater capacity than new original Leaf modules and gave us the confidence to set our sights on a full upgrade solution.

Since then we’ve continued to develop further designs and we recently finished building our first full Nissan Leaf upgrade prototype. Our prototype pack gets nearly 200 km in run-out tests and should get over 230 km once we’ve tweaked the design. There are still some integration issues to solve and lots of testing to prove the long-term reliability, but we are pretty excited by our recent progress!

The project will benefit not only the ~8,000 existing Nissan Leaf owners in New Zealand, but all EV owners (we plan to adapt our solution to other makes/models), future EV owners and anybody who enjoys clean air, less pollution and a greater chance that we might yet solve this pending climate catastrophe.

We're a young startup company looking for support to see this project through. Our fundraising target matches the level of co-funding we need to contribute if our latest application to EECA's LEV Fund is successful (we'll find out in December).

All donations and messages of support will be greatly appreciated by myself, Bill and our team of cheeky, geeky engineers!

Peace, aroha and all that jazz :)

Blue Cars' involvement (page creator)

Blue Cars was founded to help support the uptake of electric vehicles. We launched New Zealand's first rental EVs in 2015 and then opened the country's first specialist EV workshop. I am also a founding Trustee of the Better NZ Trust (#LeadingTheCharge).

Use of funds

Money raised will directly support final integration, endurance testing and proving of our battery upgrade solution. Our funding target matches the level of co-funding we need to contribute if our latest application to EECA's LEV Fund is successful (we'll find out in December).

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Surprising Progress!  1 October 2019

Hi everybody :)

Firstly, a huge thanks to everybody who has liked, shared and donated so far! We're really grateful for all the support and messages of encouragement!

One surprising fact is that the $3,045 we've received to-date has come from just 38 donations with the average donation amount just over $80 - much higher than we were expecting!

With around 8,000 used Nissan Leafs in New Zealand we were hoping to reach a larger proportion of the owners of these cars in particular (as our project will initially benefit Nissan Leaf owners).

If one quarter of these Leaf owners give even just $20 each we'll get to our target and one step closer to co-funding from EECA in December!

Please share the link around if you haven't already!

Thanks again :)

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