Advertise the Nissan Leaf as a high performance car and you will sell so many more
@Thomas I think it's more about higher voltage/amperage to the motor(s) and how those are distributed (single driving all wheels, two for each set of wheels, one for each wheel etc). People are doing Tesla powertrain swaps now and there are pre-fab electric kits that you can get, too. I imagine that'd work for a Leaf.
@breakfastgolem @Thomas honestly most EVs could probably be cranked up in software. A “better than necessary” motor controller has higher efficiency so I’m guessing the bolt and leaf have a good bit of headroom. Big drawback is in range, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Maybe battery overheating in hot climates.
@Thomas @breakfastgolem Yeah there’s also max battery discharge rates to worry about, but that probably isn’t an issue if you’ve got a car with substantial range on today’s battery tech. And the range hit is only when you really push it anyway.
I think GM didn’t want people to think the bolt was fast, since they say the 0-60 is <7 and they limited the top speed to only 91mph. It has 200 hp so I’d expect it can go much faster if you don’t mind losing range
@Thomas @Timmy @breakfastgolem https://www.evwest.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=40&osCsid=1e07fb1d9b05191c23ce6db98220fb39 god i would love a '91 MR2 conversion so much
@Thomas @alex @breakfastgolem lithium ion packs are expensive even if you build them yourself. Cheap ev conversions have to use lead acids so they end up being basically golf carts. Cells are $1-3 per and you need quite a lot. I’d have about $3-5k just in cells to build a battery for something as large as a car. That’s bulk pricing from a wholesaler overseas. Could probably turn into a pretty cool electric car for about $8000, but that’s gonna be pretty extremely diy.
@Thomas To be fair, every Kia and Hyundai are badge engineered from each other. There's very few original models in either lineup. Only one that I can think of that comes to mind is the Kia Stinger.
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