What is the Nissan E-Pedal and how does it work?
The new electric Nissan Leaf comes with something called the 'e-pedal- and it is a revolutionary piece of kit which provides you with a different way of driving. This is essentially one pedal which is used for both acceleration and deceleration. As in you press it to go and lift off to slow down. I would imagine it takes some time to get used to but I've heard it is far better than the traditional two or three pedals.
When the e-pedal is enabled using a switch, the accelerator pedal becomes stiffer and is the only pedal you really use. The brake pedal can still be used but for more sudden braking. The brake pedal will also become stiffer, so you have to bear that in mind. When you lift off the accelerator, the car will gradually come to a stop and can even hold itself on hills.
Nissan reckons it can help reduce fatigue (especially in stop/start traffic) allowing drivers to use the brake pedal up to 90 per cent less than in a normal car. I would imagine the pedal feels a lot like those trolleys you get at airports where you push down on the handles to move and lift up for the wheels to lock, only more complicated than this of course.
Why would you use an e-pedal?
The e-pedal is essentially an advanced regenerative braking system where the car will gain a little bit of charge every time you brake. Considering this is a fully electric car, it makes sense to use it. The more range you can get without recharging, the further you can go. Simple.
So far, the e-pedal only comes on the new electric Nissan Leaf but is reported to feature on the new Nissan Sylphy (a cousin to the leaf), but it is unlikely we will see that one in the UK.