20.7.2017Nissan 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.