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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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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.
I think it would have to be a lot less than the gap because if they are spending that much money a lot of people will prefer to get a newer car as well.

If I still had my Leaf I think I'd just want a newer, bigger capacity battery. The lack of cooling was never a problem for me. It's just never been worth getting a battery upgrade because they always cost pretty much what getting a newer car does.
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Any idea when they are going to announce pricing?

I think there might be more of a market for it in New Zealand. Apparently cars are expensive there and a lot of people get imported ones from Japan (they both drive on the left), so there is a market for things like changing the head unit to English or maintaining fairly old cars. NZ might be the one place where this makes sense.
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