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Retired Engineers Can't (Nissan) Leaf Well Enough Alone.



October 17, 2011 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: NSANY , ABAT , LIT

What do you get when you combine a retired Ph.D level engineer and a Nissan Leaf? You get for $280 what Nissan wants you to buy for $6,000.

I am excited to know the day will come when cost per unit, charge time and range are all improved. Keep up the good work tinkerers! 

- Cato

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#1) On October 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM, PeteysTired (< 20) wrote:

I have to admit the new leaf commercial with gas powered gadgets everywhere was awesome.  When I saw the guy checking the copier oil I nearly pee'd my pants, but then to watch the dentist start his drill by pulling the cord was equally good.

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#2) On October 17, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Turfscape (< 20) wrote:

There was a time when "gearheads" took the latest product from Detroit and souped it up; adding blowers, boring out cylinders, adding performance headers, modifying exhaust systems...all to see just what kind of performance you could really achieve.

That age inspired innovation and passion. It truly fueled the automobile industry in America.

Perhaps now it will be the electrical and computer engineers of the world doing the same thing in a new age.

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#3) On October 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM, rfaramir (28.73) wrote:

Minor niggle, you conflated two different hacks here. The $6,000 refers to Nissan's 240-volt recharger replaced by the modification of the second guy (Mr. Sadow) which sells for $239. (And now Nissan is offering a newer one for $1,818; I love competition!)

The first guy (Gary Giddings, 69) offers a battery-charge gauge that lets you get the last 10% or so of the end of the battery for $280 complete or $170 for a kit.

I hope the recharger can get UL listed (a private corporation, BTW). I also hope that no one gets in trouble for hacking the software on Nissan's micro-controllers. Physical hacking on your own car has been traditionally allowed, but software may be treated differently. It shouldn't be.

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#4) On October 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM, lemoneater (57.13) wrote:

Very interesting. I'm sending the link to my relative with engineering degree from U of I. Thanks!

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#5) On May 06, 2012 at 1:00 PM, tedwarrenlives (41.12) wrote:

Big oil while very lucrative for investors is an abomination for the enviorment. You will never get any executive to have his or her family drink water from the tap in some of the areas where they are working in, for starters.

Detorit products are a joke. Open the trunk to a 1991 Firebird Formula and and then take apar the motorized hatch locking mechanism. What you will discover is the latch that supports a 250lb glass window is attached to the chasis of the car by a plastic system. It is horrible and should be criminal to sell such products. They lost me as a customer that day and I was on my 5th GM car. That is only one of hundreds of ways they have you coming back for "repairs". It took a better product from foriegner to wake them the F up and stop taking advantage of gear heads who are stubborn to accept the truth. 

 Many of us said ADIOS to Detroit and hello to Korea and Japan and continue to do so and will never turn back. We also extend this thought of clairty to our children.  

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