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Old 03-06-2016, 02:07 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Old Mechanic View Post
First understand my words are NOT agenda driven.

YOU will not see 500k miles on any electric car, without SEVERAL battery replacements.
How I would *LOVE* to argue ...

... instead I'll make up some stuff, since I don't know.

The battery is the obvious 'weak link'. But there are other maintenance issues that will appear for the Leaf.

As the cars age, and the owners have them repaired ... and they post about it!! ... the tribal knowledge online (not the Nissan technical knowledge that we don't have access to) will accumulate and many of the silly things will be solvable - like getting the battery capacity reset so you can use more of your range .. or you can add a parallel pack to boost range

With the number of Leaf wrecks available .. and a group of motivated people reverse-engineering the systems so that parts from wrecks can be re-used ... I expect that a replacement pack, with more capacity, will be available as a kit upgrade within 5 years.

IMHO Cheap and plentiful parts from wrecks are an untapped resource!
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