How Can You Get More Range Out of Your Nissan Leaf
The product is sold on Amazon UK and is a small box that plugs into a small connector near the accelerator pedal inside the Nissan Leaf. According to the Amazon listing, the product does the following: "Leaf Box Range Extender Tuning for Nissan Leaf 24kWh, 30kWh. Adds 10-15% of range, enables coasting, improves regeneration and battery life [Energy Class A]"
LEAF Box Range Extender
From the Amazon UK listing, it says “Leaf Box is a range extender controlling load applied to the engine via throttle control. It is easy to install, as it uses factory plugs. It delivers following extensions to standard Nissan Leaf: range extender - it bases on adding "N-mode on demand" (aka glide mode) to D-mode, along with alternative torque delivery strategy (read below). Range extension is around 10% (ECO mode, 24 kWh battery). With normal mode, Leaf Box is off. the regenerative force at D mode can be increased by about 20% (from 20kW to 24kW). If you have a version of Nissan Leaf with B-mode - lucky you. But I can have B-mode even in the basic version of Leaf. max power of Leaf can be increased from 80kW to 83kW (option). Nissan Leaf LeafBox feature of N-mode on demand. While driving in D-mode you can almost remove the leg from the accelerator pedal. LeafBox will set motor power to exactly zero (0 kWh) so you will be rolling without energy conversions. This increases efficiency with longer distance trips and is good for overall range (autonomy). Manual.”
I also recommend TorqueNews.com's David Herron's story on adding a 40 miles driving range to Nissan Leaf with Enginer's add-on battery pack.
So for those of you that have the N mode and D mode in your Nissan Leaf, you might have an opportunity to purchase a LeafBox. The video on Youtube shows how simple it is to install and a few people are testing it on a Nissan Facebook group. I’ll have to report back about whether or not the test was successful. The range achieved in the Youtube tests were very promising. So if you had an extra 10% to 15% of Nissan Leaf Range, would it help you out or wouldn’t it?
Search for LeafBox on Youtube and you will see some of the videos and tests with winter tire vs summer tires and winter driving vs spring driving. Tester was trying to achieve 200 kilometers. In the video, he came close to 184 kilometers with zero capacity and on the Guess O Meter (GOM) of the Nissan Leaf.
Don't miss also this story discussing How Can Nissan LEAF get 2X The Range Without a New Battery.
I would say that is a big improvement over the stock Gen 1 Nissan Leaf which is what I believe the driver was driving. If he was driving a 2015 Nissan Leaf, that would not be that special.
Overall I think this product is worth a test however the cost for the small little attachment is 210 Pounds (English Currency) which is $269 dollars at today’s exchange rate. That might be expensive for some to test this out but to some that might be worth it to give it a try. Comment below and let me know you have achieved if you have tested this product already. It might be a great opportunity to share with everyone else. Thanks in advance.