Nissan will introduce an e-Pedal on the next Nissan Leaf, allowing drivers to do away with the brake pedal for most of the time
Nissan seems to think the traditional brake pedal may become redundant in the future. Really. The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that its second generation Nissan Leaf electric car will be fitted with what Nissan calls an “e-Pedal.”
What this effectively means is that drivers will be able to flick a switch, allowing them to use the accelerator to control the car’s acceleration and braking.
Once the driver lifts their foot off the e-Pedal, the car will slow, gradually coming to a complete stop. Unlike their combustion driven counterparts, electric cars begin sapping energy from the brakes as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator, sending that excess electricity to the battery pack. When this process occurs, the car begins decelerating.
Nissan says the e-Pedal will be useful in 90 per cent of driving situations, and for those who are a little apprehensive, a conventional brake pedal will be fitted for the remaining 10 per cent of the time – and for your sanity.
The Nissan Leaf will make its official debut on the 6th of September.