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Leafhacking Battery Mod Gives Extra Range, But At What Cost?

Like early-adopters of any new technology, the first owners of electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf and 2012 Chevrolet Volt have already proven that they like to hack their plug-in cars to improve features, charging times and even performance.

The latest leafhack, from plug-in hybrid battery specialists Enginer, aims to increase the range of the 2011 and 2012 Nissan Leafs by installing a supplemental lithium-ion battery in the bottom of the trunk.

But with the 2013 Nissan Leaf rumored to have better range and winter performance, what’s the real cost of hacking your Leaf in this way, how easy is it, and would you be better to get a 2013 model instead?

How it works

2011 Nissan Leaf SL
According to Enginer’s own website, the leafhack involves adding its own 4 kilowatt-hour, 8 kWh, or 12 kWh, 48-volt lithium-phosphate battery pack, charger and high-voltage DC-to-DC converter into the trunk of a stock leaf


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