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16 blade actively cooled after market Leaf battery

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An interesting development for the Leaf - our friends at EV's Enhanced in New Zealand have been developing a completely after market replacement battery for the Leaf which includes a fully active liquid cooling system - and not just using heat exchangers as is usually done, the cells are actually directly bathed in the (non conductive) cooling fluid....

Will there be enough of a market for it as Leaf's age ? Who knows, but depending on the cost it would beat replacing an old degraded or failed battery with another one of the same design with the same lack of cooling that will just suffer from the same fate and have the same rapid charging limitations...
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Will there be enough of a market for it as Leaf's age ? Who knows
I think the market is time-sensitive. The jump from 20-25kwh vehicles up to 40kwh vehicles is £8-10k at the moment. They haven't fixed a price for their battery but if they can release it before the gap closes and for not much more than the gap they'll be on to a winner. Otherwise it'll be for collectors only I reckon.
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Given that the Leaf has a 5 star NCAP rating, what rapid changes in safety equipment are you thinking of ?
If I were upgrading I'd want Automatic Emergency Braking.

The tricky bit is all the other tech. Upgrading from a Tekna Leaf I could gain AEB, adaptive cruise control, automatic steering of some kind, android auto. I could also lose my heated seats, heated wheel, 360 camera and relatively good efficiency (e.g. mg4 base model).
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It's not a system designed to avoid a crash/collision completely, it's only designed to brake at the very last moment when a collision which is unavoidable is anticipated to lessen the impact force. It won't stop you crashing into something or someone but hopefully there will be less injury.
I agree that's the purpose and result at motorway speeds. NCAP tests of the feature at lower speeds with a pedestrian dummy or another car show it can completely eliminate a crash, in fact I think AEB failing to stop a collision from say 30mph is a fail. That's what I want it for, a safety net against bumper to bumper rush hour crashes and to protect pedestrians.
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