The new Nissan LEAF EV – due to debut on 6 September – will come with e-Pedal for one foot driving in addition to other advanced technology.
We already know Nissan will be offering Propilot Park in the new LEAF, a system which uses sonar and cameras to let the car park itself in angled or straight in and out parking situations.
Propilot Park is part of Nissan’s Propilot Tech which promises a high degree of autonomous driving capabilities, a significant development for a car in the LEAF’s class.
Now, Nissan has revealed the new LEAF will also come with e-Pedal which, say Nissan, will allow drivers to use just one foot to speed up, slow down and stop.
In truth, it’s an application of the regenerative braking you’ll find on lots of EVs and Hybrids where you can use regenerative braking to charge the battery as you slow.
What Nissan seem to have done is make the accelerator use maximum attack regenerative braking whenever e-Pilot is turned on (you can choose to turn it off) meaning the throttle speeds up the car when you press it, slows as you modulate the pedal, and comes to a halt when you release it.
It’s a clever way of making LEAF drivers generate a useful bit of extra charge for the batteries, and in the process find a new way to drive.
As well as the technology on offer, the new LEAF is expected to come with a single charge range of over 300 miles from the biggest of what’s expected to be a range of battery pack size options. The biggest could be as much as 60kWh, twice the size of the current LEAF.
Helped, no doubt, by the ever-falling price of car batteries.
New Nissan LEAF e-Pedal Video