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New 2018 Nissan Leaf: New e-Pedal driving mode revealed

New Nissan Leaf EV to break cover on 6 September. Here's everything we know so far

Nissan has released another teaser for the next-generation Leaf EV, which will be unveiled in full at a special event set to be held on 6 September.

The latest news is the inclusion of a so-called ‘e-Pedal’ – a driving mode the new Leaf will feature which Nissan thinks will make city driving easier and more fun.

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The e-Pedal can be toggled on and off via a switch near the drive selector, and when switched on, Nissan says that the accelerator becomes the only pedal the driver requires for 90 per cent of their driving needs.

Many electric cars can already be driven with one pedal if the driver anticipates the road ahead, thanks to strong regenerative braking forces. Nissan’s e-Pedal system, however, is designed to take over braking roles in most situations, and means that the car automatically slows down the moment the driver takes their foot off the accelerator, all the way to a complete halt and strong enough to hold the car on a hill.

Drivers will still need to hit their anchors themselves in sudden braking situations, but for the most part it should be possible to trundle around town using just one pedal. Switch the system off and the car’s pedals behave as normal.

The e-Pedal reveal comes after confirmation that the second-generation Leaf will feature new semi-autonomous driving functions included a new automated parking system as part of the Japanese brand's ProPILOT tech.

Nissan’s ProPILOT suite of assists and semi-autonomous will enable the Leaf to drive itself on highways and motorways. At the push of a button the new Leaf will drive itself in a single lane, controlling the steering, acceleration and braking to assist the driver.

It’s the latest step in Nissan’s goal to develop autonomous vehicles. The firm promises that in the coming years the technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with autonomous driving in urban environment targeted as the next big step.

The teaser image released with the information shows us the new digital instrument display heading the way of the 2018 Leaf, but this isn’t our first look in the cabin thanks to a brand new batch of spy shots, capturing the new Leaf undergoing assessment by engineers in the United States.

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New 2018 Nissan Leaf: New e-Pedal driving mode revealed New 2018 Nissan Leaf: New e-Pedal driving mode revealed Reviewed by ThankGod Okoye on July 22, 2017 Rating: 5