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CPO Nissan Leaf Packs

We have had quite a few questions about our recently announced plans to start customer installs with Certified Pre-Owned Nissan Leaf battery packs. So here we’re going to address all of those questions and more!

First, this does not change our plans to bring our own, better battery pack to the Nissan Leaf. unfortunately, we’ve been dealing with an investor who promised a large investment that would have financed the expense of bringing our packs to market, but after 9 months has yet to deliver any investment to Fēnix. So while we solve our capital needs challenge, we hunted for a way to help our customers whose lives have been severely limited by battery degradation, in some cases as much as 80%!

Our solution works like this. We’ve partnered with BigBattery, who intends to be the largest wholesaler of recycled EV battery packs. They currently have an inventory of thousands of Leaf packs, BMW i3 packs, and others. They agreed not just to be a supplier of used packs, but are letting us inspect and test their inventory so that only the best of the best packs go into our customer’s cars. This will allow us to deliver good, quality packs and spin up our subscription payment model and deliver a degradation warrantee on every battery we install. We get to make good on our original promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers, we take on the worry so you don’t have to.

But the battery pack is just part of the equation, these batteries need to be tested, sometimes adapted, and then electronically paired with the Leaf in order to escape Nissan’s software security trap that can force a pack-swapped car to be stuck in turtle mode. To solve this we’ve partnered with EVs Enhanced out of New Zealand. They have reverse-engineered the software and hardware that connects the pack to the car. With their tools, we can test every pack without the need to install it in a car and validate the pack’s health meets our minimum requirements. They also enable us to pair newer packs to older cars, adapting both hardware plug changes as well as software variations between the in-pack BMS and updates to the cars as well. And finally, once the battery is adapted and installed into a car, they make a very simple tool we’ll be making available to our installers that plugs into the car’s data port and pairs the pack to the car. In short, they deliver all the tech needed to make the swap possible!

Eric Lundgren, CEO of BigBattery on top of just some of their inventory.

It’s important to note that customers opting for a CPO Nissan pack still hold their place in the reservation line for the Fēnix next-generation replacement pack that we have in development. And if they’ve chosen to be a subscriber, there’s no second installation cost when that conversion occurs. Our subscribers get both a worry-free battery experience, but they also get a no-cost step into the new technology when it’s ready for the public. Now, not everyone will opt for our subscription to access the CPO Nissan packs, and that’s ok. We have an optional cash-purchase path for them. Our all-inclusive cash purchase option will pay for the new pack, the labor of the installation, and include a limited degradation warranty similar to what our subscribers will enjoy. They will have a lower cost subscription option if they want that warrantee to be indefinite as well.

Here’s how all those costs break down:

  • Standard Install with Subscription:
    • $1,500 installation (minus pre-order reservation discounts.)
    • $89/month for a 24kWh battery and 2 bar loss warranty.
    • Includes installation cost for our Fēnix battery later.
  • Cash Install with Subscription:
    • $1,500 installation (minus pre-order reservation discounts.)
    • $2,000 battery purchase, includes an old pack recycling fee.
    • $19/month for a 24kWh battery and 2 bar loss warranty.
    • Includes installation cost for our Fēnix battery later.
  • Cash Install without Subscription:
    • $1,500 installation (minus pre-order reservation discounts.)
    • $2,000 battery purchase, includes an old pack recycling fee.
    • 6-Month limited 2 bar loss warranty.
    • Does not include install cost for Fēnix battery later.

Customers opting out of this CPO pack option and prefer to wait for our Fēnix battery later will retain any pre-order discounts they were offered when they placed their deposit.

Oh, and one more thing! As part of our recent website revision we’re running a promotion, something of a scavenger hunt. If you’ve been looking for that hidden discount code to apply to your reservation, here it is! Use code “vermilion” for 25% off your deposit!