A lot of the electric cars available today (except Teslas) have too small ranges. Inspecting them I see a lot of trunk that I might want to relinquish in exchange for extra range. However I don't see any official (i.e. without losing warranty, without DIYs) options for doing so. The only exception, as stated above, is Tesla which offers different battery packages.

Do the other manufacturers (Nissan, VW group, Renault etc) offer any such options?

I know about range extenders (that use gasoline for that) but I'm looking more into more battery mass.

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    There is a product that exchanges trunk space for range that is suitable for the nissan leaf .
    – Autistic
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 21:55
  • may be possible by adding battery switcher button to switch between battery 1 to battery 2 and so on...
    – Laxman
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 2:54

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Short answer: no.

Long answer: As stated in this article, battery technology is improving by leaps and bounds, and inserting the new-tech batteries into old-tech electrics is an engineering challenge. The entire electrical system of the vehicle is calibrated for the battery pack that is expected to be there.

And while adding more of the same batteries may seem like a simple bolt-on upgrade, it ain't. That's the power source for your motor. It's not so much about how long does the battery last, but how quickly can it discharge itself (that's a large part of what limits your acceleration in an electric). The kind of current flow that you need, and coupled with the fact there's another battery already in there, you need some serious gauge wiring and some serious electronics. Doing so WILL void your warranty just as much as swapping or modding gasoline engines in a gasoline car.


Unless there exists a known modification for a specific car model, the answer is

Practically not possible. With intricate electrical surgery, probably yes.

Modern electric vehicles manage their batteries carefully, tracking voltage per cell, current per cell, temperature, and probably cell health over time. The logic is proprietary, and can vary considerably across manufacturers.

The battery chemistry used in e-vehicles is lithium-ion. The nominal voltage of a single lithium ion pair is about 3.7V. The cars operate the motors at several hundred volts. This means that the batteries work in series, in some configuration.

The specific connection pattern can vary, and be adaptive. but will not be just a plain series chain connection, since the batteries cannot be charged in series. As the cells deplete, some do so a little bit faster than the others. Series connection enforces the same current to all cells, which would over time drive the cells into imbalance, and destroy some of the cells by overdischarge.

This is solved by "balance charging" which most people know from rc hobbies. The cells are charged individually. Similar things happen in electric vehicles.

As you cannot replicate the circuitry or modify the charge software, your best bet would be to take many many individual new lithium ion cells, and connect them in parallel with the existing cells, doing this to almost all of them.

The only thing the car can notice, is that the cells can suddenly hold more charge. Then the question is: The manufacturer knows how big cells they used. Did they code the manager to take this into account? It could be that it will refuse to charge more than an amount that the original cells could theoretically take. Tracking the amount of charge taken out and pushed in in relation to cell voltage will diverge from how the original cell would behave. Will the battery manager be ok with this?

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