A 2011 Nissan Leaf owner built aero wheel covers on the Leaf’s wheels with 3D Printing.
In electric vehicles aerodynamics plays an important role, and in this 2011 Nissan Leaf 3D Printed aero wheel covers may bring about some improvement. Similar solutions (with different implementation) have been made by some car makers like Tesla with the Model 3.
A 2011 Nissan Leaf owner wanted to make some aerodynamic improvements to the Leaf’s wheels. So thanks to 3D Print it created plastic lids that apply to the wheels of the electric car. In fact, the result looks very harmonious and does not spoil the aesthetics from the rims.
He also says there is a performance improvement of up to 6% at 100 km/h (62 mph). In the Video below from YouTube channel Paul Kennett, you can see details of the specific aerodynamic aids of the 2011 Nissan Leaf.
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Description from video :
I’m upgrading my 2011 Nissan Leaf to improve it’s range and general usefulness. This series provides a bit of detail on some of the things I’ve done. I’ve created some 3D-printable aerodynamic rim inserts that fit the early model Nissan Leaf alloy rims. These improve overall vehicle performance by about 6 percent at 100 km/h (62 mph).