Battery retrofit part one

Dutch ZOE driver and enthusiast Harm Otten was #3 in The Netherlands to have the battery of his Q210 upgraded to the ZE40 type. He was allowed to take pictures of the procedure done only yesterday and I want to thank him and the Arend Auto Eindhoven dealership for sharing them in public.

Battery as it arrived

 

Packaging opened. Note the HV disconnect plug that ends up under the foot well of the right front seat

 

Lifting out the battery using an engine lift. Note the “chimney”. More on that later.

 

Rolling it to the car on the lifting table

 

Lifting it in “the cavity”

 

Bolting it against the chassis with 8 bolts

 

New decoration 🙂

 

Done!

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20 comments on “Battery retrofit part one
  1. Stephen says:

    Hi, excellent! Thank you for sharing the pictures. Curious when the battery upgrade is availale in other countries too.

  2. Dom78 says:

    How much did you pay for this upgrade? Did you rent or buy the battery? I ask, because I have a Q210 with my own battery …

  3. p.hase says:

    Great News! Now its Nissans turn. Did the chrome sticker come with the battery? 3500€?

  4. falikhani@ymail.com says:

    Please bring them to England

  5. Borut says:

    Did he try the max charging speed, is it less then 34kW

    • MartijnEV says:

      I am the #1 who received the battery retrofit 2 weeks ago. I can confirm happily that the new battery still accepts 43kW max charge speed!
      It just cuts back earlier in the SoC chart: at approx 45%-50% SoC it drops back to approx. 35kW.

    • FrancescZOE says:

      really less thab 34kw Âż?

    • MartijnEV says:

      It starts at 43kW.
      At around 45-50% SOC it drops to 35kW.

      (I.e. in this summer season, in other temperature conditions this charging profile could differ).

  6. how much does it cost ?

  7. Harm says:

    I rent the battery, and the costs for upgrading is €3500 (inc. VAT). The upgrade of the “Chrome sticker” is not standard. Today I tested the charging speed at a quick charger. It started at a charging power of 43kW, but was reduced later during charging. The characteristics of the new battery is not the same, it depends a lot on the temperature. Currently I’m working on a nice chart to make it visible.

    • Hello Harm! Really interesting. I would like to do an article on this for the Swedish magazine “Elbilen”. If you so wish, please contact me at hagberg2000 (at ) hotmail.com

    • Do you have a chart to share yet?
      Still not available yet in France, but dealers say upgraded cars it will have about -20% autonomy than new models (because of missing improvements in other parts than the battery itself). 20% looks quite much to me… (even if comparing R90 with Q210 upgraded)
      Do you have really 41 kWh available now ? And is autonomy now close to 41/22 times more than before ?

      • Harm says:

        Hi CĂ©dric,
        You replied to a comment about the charging speed, but you are refering to the range of the upgraded ZOE.
        I do not have a chart about the MaximumChargingSpeed yet.
        To compare the range of a Q90 with an upgraded Q210 we would have to do other tests. As soon as I have data about that as wel, I will post it here.

  8. Jim says:

    Brilliant write up with pics Harm, thank you. Can you give a quick summary on how you ordered it? Is it via Renault finance or the dealer?

    Thanks again!

  9. p.hase says:

    Good question by Jim! Harm, did you get a feeling that any Renault EV dealer could do this job? Even in ancient Germany?

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