Many thanks for a very informative thread. Without the usual flame wars and arguments ICE vs EV
Sure answer many of my questions.
I have a few that you may be able to answer for me.
1. Is it possible to extend the range of your Leaf by modification with extra batteries ? Say in the boot area.
2. If so, is it legal to mod the car, as in dangerous.
3. Do you have to pay RUC with your Leaf ?
4. Car insurance about the same as a similar ICE ?
5. How much is it for you to use ChargeNet facilities ?
1. Yes. Some people have added a second battery pack. "
Electric Vehicle Battery Systems
$6500 with 2-4 year no hassle warranty
2011-2014 Nissan Leaf Battery System
24KWHR battery added to the factory battery making 48KWHR total, 80 miles is factory range, now upgrading to 160 miles total no extra computers or chargers necessary. The additional battery system will mount in the trunk in a custom enclosure. The additonal battery will charge using the factory charger nothing else required. This system will make the car much more reliable, no range anxiety, no issues."
There are some major caveats, but it seems to be possible.
2. Don't know. Probably OK if you do it right and conform to any regulations....and you'd need someone involved who knew those.
3. No RUC on any EV until Evs are 2% of the entire light vehicle fleet.....at least under this government. A new government might also have purchase incentive and tax rebates.
4. Car insurance is based on the value of the vehicle...so yeah. Same.
5. Charge.net is 25c / kw and 25c / minute. So - for an actual example:
20:11 duration / 13.8 kWh Charge @ Thames (THDC1) = $8.50 (14kw at 7.5km / kw = 105km added (approx).
But you only use those on road trips as normally you'd charge at home (ie: 90% of the time). But Charge.net are only some of the public fast chargers. Many, if not most, are free of charge today.....and many will remain free of charge because if they start charging then issues arise around who gets the money.....like where a power company has put fast chargers on commercial land owned by the 3rd party......everyone is happy while they are free - saving the planet - but once someone starts asking for money all the hands are out looking for their share.
Charging at home, you'd only pay per kWh what you'd pay for any appliance....so maybe 18c? 20c each? So charging up 10kWh / day would cost you $1.80....or whatever.... It's super cheap. But where you also really save money is the service requirements being much lower.....because most of the stuff that requires regular servicing in an ICE doesn't even exist.
I knw you asked about charge.net.....but they are only one small part of the cost picture.