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Nissan Leaf Battery Upgrade Project

Closed Cause page created in the Environment category by Blue Cars

$8,568 of $38,850 goal

Given by 142 generous donors in around 4 months


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 has achieved over 200 km in run-out tests and could get over 230 km or more once we’ve tweaked the design. There are still 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. Our founder also co-founded the Better NZ Trust and #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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Prototype Demo Tour Underway!  15 December 2019

Posted by: Blue Cars

On Saturday, 14th December our Founder and his family set off from Auckland to give our prototype upgrade pack its first long-distance test-drive.

The trip from Auckland to Nelson will include stops at fast charging stations and exclusive EV dealerships along the way to show people the car and talk about our battery upgrade solution.

Check out more photos and updates on our Facebook page or come along to one of the events planned along our route this weekend.

Cheers :)

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  • Lee

    Lee on 21 Dec 2019


    Love the idea of being able to upgrade the 24Kw battery in my 2015 Leaf, keep the same car but get further without charging, so please keep up the good work. Lee


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 21 Dec 2019


    Hello and wishing the project luck from the island across the ditch.


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    Luke on 14 Dec 2019



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    Lex on 14 Dec 2019



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