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When are the LED headlights going to be available as an upgrade for the accent, have been told they are coming soon by dealer when I bought the car?
 

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It's not "normal" for a car manufacturer to offer upgrades, either hardware or software, they normally want you to just buy a new car. I will be both amazed and delighted if Nissan start offering them!
 

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Remember... any 3rd party charger upgrades will almost certainly invalidate your battery and drive train warranties.

Changing the charger is not a trivial task and if it is done incorrectly it could be dangerous to the car, the mechanic and to you! I know that a few people have successfully done it in the USA but it is a very specialist thing and not likely to be considered by many people as at all viable.

As a Mk1 Leaf owner I would certainly be interested in a Nissan approved charger and/or battery upgrade but in all honesty I can't see it happening. We will have to wait for our warranties to expire and then find someone to do the upgrade for us... alternatively, just buy the new model when it comes out - that is probably what we will do!

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On the flip side from Paul ( :p ) I hooked up a 5kw DC-DC "charger" in my old Prius to pump power from a (mains charged) lithium pack into the 230v nimh hybrid pack. I'd say it was about the same level of difficulty as installing a subwoofer and new head unit to the car, with the one extra step of using a multimeter to make sure the high voltage is turned off.

Upgrading a gen1 leaf would be similar, in that the logical place to put your extra charger is in the boot next to the existing one.
 
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Once my Mk1 Leaf is out of warranty I may well look at these kinds of upgrades but I wouldn't be installing myself so I would need someone competent to do it for me.

I am sure that over the next 5-10 years this kind of 3rd party upgrade will become quite popular and I am sure it will create many business opportunities installing them for people like me!!!
 

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When are the LED headlights going to be available as an upgrade for the accent, have been told they are coming soon by dealer when I bought the car?
If you have a UK / European spec Leaf with the extra daytime running bulbs in within the front fog lights then it is really easy to convert these to LED and they look great!
I have posted full instructions on how to upgrade daytime running lights to LED here: http://pwrkiter.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/nissan-leaf-led-running-lights/
Hope this helps :)
 

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On the flip side from Paul ( :p ) I hooked up a 5kw DC-DC "charger" in my old Prius to pump power from a (mains charged) lithium pack into the 230v nimh hybrid pack.
I would be interested in trying this in an old high mileage Prius gen3 which is well out of warranty.
What sort of cost was involved and how did it improve mpg? My personal best in the gen3 Prius was 75mpg but I always thought I could do much better if I could start with the NiMh fully charged for the trip to work and the trip home.
 

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I am unsure if I was clear, nissan offer the 6.6 kW on board charger as an upgrade for new, I was hoping this could be done as an upgrade after purchase, I have an accent purchased May this year so would be useful to upgrade to the higher power charger, as for the lights I will have to look at that site as I can't se why they haven't already made it standard for all lights to be LED for energy efficiency.
 

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I am unsure if I was clear, nissan offer the 6.6 kW on board charger as an upgrade for new, I was hoping this could be done as an upgrade after purchase,
I thought you were clear enough :) :)

No, no after purchase upgrades are available yet. It wouldn't be cheap even if it were.
 

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I too was wanting to retro fit the charger but It's a factory fit option only, as the charger unit is assembled in a sealed environment as shown on our tour. It's probably not technically impossible but sadly as far as I have been told Nissan will not offer this upgrade service.





 

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I would be interested in trying this in an old high mileage Prius gen3 which is well out of warranty.
What sort of cost was involved and how did it improve mpg? My personal best in the gen3 Prius was 75mpg but I always thought I could do much better if I could start with the NiMh fully charged for the trip to work and the trip home.
Back in 2010 it cost about £2.5k, and I could get over 100mpg (the vehicle readout tops out at 99.9), and across about 10,000 miles it averaged I think 92mpg. The "assist" only lasted about 40 miles per charge so any driving beyond that distance was normal mid 60s mpg.

A lot of fun, but probably not worth it financially. I'm much happier now with the Leaf!
 

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I am unsure if I was clear, nissan offer the 6.6 kW on board charger as an upgrade for new, I was hoping this could be done as an upgrade after purchase, I have an accent purchased May this year so would be useful to upgrade to the higher power charger
I thought you were clear enough :) :)
No, no after purchase upgrades are available yet. It wouldn't be cheap even if it were.
There is a video on YouTube -
of a chap dismantling a Leaf charger/inverter/motor assembly.
I'd say that it would be perfectly possible to swap out a 3.3kW charger for a 6.6kW charger and it should 'just work'. The size of the connectors and cables looks OK for 6.6kW. The problems are 1) getting hold a cheap/used 6.6kW charger and the fitting of it... it's not complicated from the video and could probably be done in the car, but it's *scary*... :eek:

as for the lights I will have to look at that site as I can't see why they haven't already made it standard for all lights to be LED for energy efficiency.
That's easy, same as usual, cost. LED lights cost 10x that of incandescents... and don't 'save' any worthwhile energy...
Witnessed by the glovebox light in the Gen1 Leaf being on all the time the car is... Nissan saved the 10p cost of a switch, like my Vauxhall Nova from 30 years ago had... Though Nissan went one better and removed the light in the Gen2 Leafs altogether...
 
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