greenfox
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Battery Upgrade .. yes or no?

Hi everyone,
since there is a licensed installer for the upgrade battery who is not located "Down under" close to my country :) I am thinking of maybe getting the upgrade too. Problem is: The price for the upgrade is around 13.000 Euros (approx. 14.000 USD), which is imo quite a lot of money to put in a 10 year old car. On the other hand: I did some research if there are other EVs in that price range with a similar driving range, and the selection is VERY small, apparently the Renault Zoe Phase 1 is the closest one. And even those are almost as "old" as my iMiev (maybe 2-3 years younger), but according to several websites the range is not that much better.
I really love my iMiev, it is fun to drive and it is soo quiet, everytime I have to use a car with an ICE the noise does really annoy me a bit. Still, it is a risk putting lot of money in a car where other components might fail due to age. Technically the battery is still ok (SOH 80%), but since I bought it I can see that the capacity is slowly fading, in the long term I either need a new battery or I have to sell the car for parts or someone who has a crashed iMiev with a working battery.
What do you think? Will the reliability of the iMiev good enough that it will last another 10 years? Should I sell when the range drops too much and get another EV for 12K plus the money I get from the iMiev sale?
Oh and a question for those who did the battery swap: Do you think the extra range was worth the money?

Sidenote: My company allows me to work from home more this year, that even includes working from the house my sister owns at the Baltic Sea. Thus I could work 3 days a week in the office and 2 days from home/up at the Baltic Sea, it is 3h drive away from me (280km). I was thinking that if I do the battery swap I could drive there every other week during summer and enjoy the nice weather there and the beach after work :)
Luddite
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Joined: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:34 am
Location: Scotland, UK

Re: Battery Upgrade .. yes or no?

Hi Greenfox,

What is the capacity of the battery upgrade?

I would love to upgrade the battery on mine as it's currently degraded to 31Ah (2011 model, 60k miles) which limits my heating use at this time of year.
It is currently for sale as I am looking to upgrade my car to an MG5 (61kwh).

They are available for around 25000 GBP <1 year old and the Scottish Government will give you a loan of up to 30000 GBP to purchase a used EV (you need to not currently own an EV to qualify so I need to sell it before I buy a new one).
I don't know if there is a similar government scheme where you are?

I'd had a look at some used leafs but they were around 15000 GBP for a 30kwh model with lowish miles.
The MG5 seems "cheap" at 25000 GBP almost new and almost double the capacity of the leaf.

Has your car had the charger replaced?
It seems in the US there is a recall for them and the original model was prone to fail, so if you are looking at the battery upgrade, be prepared to factor in the replacement of this component.
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MickeyS70
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Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2022 6:13 am
Location: West of Ireland

Re: Battery Upgrade .. yes or no?

Hi there

I’m in a similar situation, 2011 built I-Miev, 35’000 km and battery SOH >80%. I plan to use it until I can’t do my commute on a full charge and then sell it on. A Zoe has the potential to be a replacement as battery upgrades and spare parts relatively easy to come by.

Take the I-MIEV in contrast, don’t think there will be many parts available in another 10 years…

Last but not least these cars were designed for city use and fulfil this role perfectly, but frankly I would not be looking forward to do a 3h trip in my beloved ‘bug’
Eddie49
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Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:36 am

Re: Battery Upgrade .. yes or no?

There is a standard i-MiEV battery for sale for £3,000 in the Members Classifieds on the SpeakEV Forum.
It was replaced under warranty by Mitsubishi 3 years ago, at a cost of £10,000.
MickeyS70
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Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2022 6:13 am
Location: West of Ireland

Re: Battery Upgrade .. yes or no?

Eddie49 wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:37 pm There is a standard i-MiEV battery for sale for £3,000 in the Members Classifieds on the SpeakEV Forum.
It was replaced under warranty by Mitsubishi 3 years ago, at a cost of £10,000.
Looks like a great deal but anyone interested bear in mind that this pack is made of LEV50N cells and therefore will not work in a pre 2013 model without BMS upgrade

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