Nissan to debut e-Pedal on new Leaf

Nissan has announced that the next-generation Leaf will feature new e-Pedal technology. Debuting on the new Nissan, the e-Pedal - along with the rest of the Leaf - will be launched on Saturday 9th September.

The details of how the e-Pedal works are light, though it looks as though the system gives drivers greater 'one-pedal' control for the electric car. Currently, thanks to regenerative braking, drivers can practically ignore the brake pedal apart from when starting the Leaf and parking up again.

The new e-Pedal promised greater levels of control through the throttle pedal. Flipping a switch turns the accelerator into the e-Pedal, 'allowing drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using just the e-Pedal'. Nissan does mention a caveat of 'Use conventional brake pedal for aggressive braking situations'.

Nissan predicts that drivers will be able to cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making life easier and apparently more exciting for those behind the wheel.

The benefits in heavy traffic and on the commute are clear, with less switching between pedals creating a simpler driving process than switching between pedals.

Better command of the throttle is also promised, especially along winding roads where changes in speed are commonplace. A variable and possibly smart brake energy regeneration system might be how the statement 'Press e-Pedal for an exciting drive' comes about in the below infographic.

Nissan has previously announced that semi-autonomous driving systems will be available on the new Leaf, and seems intend on making sure the best-selling EV is a technological tour de force once it is launched.

Nissan e-Pedal

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:20th Jul 2017

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