Nissan is putting regenerative braking at the front of its marketing campaign for its new Leaf with the reveal that the new model will come with an ‘e-Pedal’.
Previous generation electric vehicles can already be driven with one pedal if the driver can anticipate the road ahead and use regenerative braking to slow the vehicle.
However, the Leaf’s e-Pedal is the next generation for this approach to driving.
The e-Pedal can take the car to a complete stop and can also hold the Leaf on inclines for hill-starts and slows the vehicle by reacting to how drivers ease off the accelerator. Nissan acknowledges that drivers will still need to use the brake pedal in emergency situations.
Drivers will be able to toggle the e-Pedal functionality with a switch if they would prefer to use normal braking.
Full details of how intelligently the e-Pedal system works are due to be revealed at the Leaf’s launch on September 6.