Let me start with an opinion and say that I don't think this is the world's first one pedal operation as Nissan states in its release, but that I remember driving one pedal bumper cars since my childhood. However, the e-Pedal, introduced in the the upcoming Nissan Leaf in September, is going to be revolutionary and change the way we drive and experience our cars.
Nissan Leaf e-Pedal Details
Drivers can flip a switch and Nissan's technology will turn your Leaf's accelerator into an e-Pedal. This will turn your Nissan Leaf into a one pedal solution. I don't know why it's called an e-Pedal, but after you make the switch, you can do three things with that e-Pedal.
- Stop The Leaf
The Benefits of Nissan Leaf e-Pedal
e-Pedal is especially beneficial during city driving and where there is heavy traffic. During these conditions drivers have to constantly shift from one pedal to the other. e-Pedal will eliminate this need. As a result your Nissan Leaf will be more fun to drive and it will be simpler to drive. Thus, you can accelerate and brake with only one single Pedal. Press the e-Pedal to speed up. Ease off to slow down your Leaf. Release the e-Pedal to completely stop your car, just like kids' bumper cars.
Question about the Leaf e-Pedal
When I saw Nissan's video presentation the first thing that came to my mind was about the location of the e-Pedal. Will it be something you use with your foot or is it like a push button. I may be mistaken, but by carefully looking at the image that can be seen from Nissan Leaf's e-Pedal video, it looks like the e-Pedal is a button you push by hand. If this is true, my question is, wouldn't your hand be tired when you drive long distance? But I may be wrong. We need to wait and see. On the other hand, what we see in the picture could be the switch, that turns the accelerator into an e-Pedal.
So far we have several technologies that change the way we experience our cars just like iPhone has changed the way we communicate. I recommend reading this story discussing 10 compelling reasons why Tesla Model 3 will be remembered like the iPhone. First the is AutoPilot, introduced by Tesla. Then the remote updates that Tesla can do in our cars by updating the software. And now the e-Pedal by Nissan, which will make the new Nissan Leaf even more appealing.