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The New Nissan Leaf Can Be Driven With Just One Pedal

Nissan wants to transform the way we drive its new "e-pedal."

Ahead of its September reveal, Nissan has released another teaser for the next-generation Leaf EV. After detailing its ProPILOT system which will allow the EV to drive itself on the highway and park itself in precarious spots, Nissan has revealed the new Leaf will feature what it calls an “e-Pedal.” By flipping a switch, the technology turns the accelerator into an e-pedal, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate and brake with just one pedal. It's hoped that the technology will make city driving less arduous and potentially transform the way we drive.

Nissan says its e-Pedal technology is the world’s first one-pedal operation system that allows the driver to bring the car to a stop, even on hills, stay in position, and resume driving instantly. It claims that 90 percent of driving needs can be covered with the e-pedal, though its arguably congested city commutes that will benefit most from the technology, reducing the need to shift from one pedal to the other.

Whether the technology is revolutionary is debatable, though, since the e-Brake is essentially a fancy name for an aggressive regenerative braking system. Other EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt adopt a similar system, albeit using paddle shifters to make the regenerative braking stronger. Tesla, on the other hand, uses different modes to control the strength of the regenerative system. No doubt there will be many more teasers released in the run up to the new Nissan Leaf’s reveal on September 5.

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