Plug-in Hybrid Pickup Truck Conversion Kit
We are developing a kit that can be installed on most rear wheel drive pickup trucks. The kit uses a complete Nissan Leaf powertrain to provide additional power for towing and regenerative braking. This kit is still under development but we hope to make it available by the summer of 2018. It would be much simpler if we used an after-market motor controller, but we want to use the Nissan motor controller. The main point is to keep the cost low enough for the kit to be practical; to do this we need to use the Leaf motor, controller, and battery pack. The single most expensive component is the custom gearbox that fits on the end of the transmission and connects to the driveshaft. This gearbox combines power coming from the transmission with power from the electric motor. The Leaf powertrains that we are using a first generation with about 30,000 miles on them, so they have at least 80% of their original capacity left which means they have about 17 kWh of capacity; more than enough for a plug-in hybrid. This kit is not designed to power the vehicle solely by itself, although it is possible with our setup, it is designed to provide additional power for acceleration and regenerative braking. We will post updates here as they develop.