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Hi all, I have been driving a 2014 Nissan Leaf for the past 2 years. It's a good car, but I miss my Nissan Navara pickup truck. The Leaf can't Tow, has no roof rack, no load bed for chucking junk into etc etc.
So, I have a Leaf, I can get a pick up with a blown engine in excellent condition (Navara D40 engines are seriously floored...).

Can it be done? I know that a mere 107BHP with 210lbft torque is going to be a bit weak, but, can I get a different controller/motor and keep the Leaf battery pack to run it?

Thanks for any pointers
 

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I should have said that it is not rated for towing.

The thing is that I am currently at a crossroads.

Do I keep my reservation for my Tesla Model 3, or do I strip the Leaf, and spend way less than the cost of the Tesla on something that I can actually use?

I know that full electric pick ups will be here, but probably not for another 4 years.

I will never go back to fossil powered vehicles, and to me, a hybrid is a step in completely the wrong direction.
 

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I have looked further into this. The tow issue on the Leaf is down to the type approval in the UK. No one makes a tow bar for the Leaf with the correct standards stamped into it, as required for all vehicles manufactured after 1998. This is because Nissan gave it a Zero KG rating.

As for changing the propulsion type and if it can still tow in the Navara, I need to look into that.
 

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Maybe I am looking at this completely the wrong way. I was looking at the Navara, as it was practical for throwing logs in the back of, running my on board air compressor, 230V inverter, various tools, front and rear winches etc. If I buy the Model 3, then it will cost me £30K. For £5K I can a pick up in really good condition with a dead engine/gearbox etc.
I want to use the Leaf cells, as I have a Leaf to use the parts from. I completely get the issues with the pickup aerodynamics, and the 2 motor suggestion.
I am trying to keep this simple, and from my very limited experience, I would like to get a suitable motor and controller to mate with the Leaf cells in whatever voltage combination.
I know I can just bolt a motor to the existing transmission, but that seems so full of parasitic losses. The diesel motor that the electric motor would replace would have similar rev ranges, but I don't know about the torque/BHP curve on the DC motors.
Ideally, I would want a motor which would make this light the tyres up in low gears, but perhaps keep the economy about 500W per mile. With Leaf cells, that would give me a realistic range of about 50 miles. I can always add more cells, or build my own 18650 based packs when time allows.
I can't really work out from the youtube videos if the DC motor conversions are any good on the pickups. They all seem to be driven really gently, with no open road wide open throttle tests.
I know that the Zombie 222 goes like a scalded cat on DC, but to have that under a pickup would be bonkers! Even a 5 second 0-60MPH, in what was a 12 second diesel, would be incredible.

Would anyone know what the maximum discharge current is for the Leaf cells? I would guess at 4C, so on a 66AH pack, I could pull a theoretical 264AH at 360V (roughly 90KW). I say guess, as the Leaf motor pulls 80KW at full throttle, and there must be a safety margin.
If I double up on the cells to create another parallel pack, then with 160KW (215BHP) motor on a 44KWH usable battery at 500W per mile, it would give me a respectable 85-90 mile range.

TIA
 
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