New Nissan LEAF e-Pedal & ProPilot Overview- Fully Charged

MAR 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

In its most recent episode, Fully Charged takes us back to the big Nissan LEAF demonstration event in Tenerife where Robert Llewellyn tried out e-Pedal and ProPilot.

This is more or less a general overview of the car that seems nicely suited for a wide swath of potential buyers.

White 2018 Nissan LEAF driving“Robert tests the new 40kWh Nissan Leaf by driving it up a volcano, and then driving back down without touching the brake pedal.”

Its mainstream appeal means that the new LEAF is likely to be this year’s top-selling electric car on the global level.

The EPA range rating for the 40 kWh LEAF stands at 151 miles (243 km).

See Also – Fully Charged Test Drives 2018 Nissan LEAF in Yokohama – Video

Positive feedback from the media and now even owners means that the new LEAF, as well as the upcoming upper level 60 kWh version, should be successful.

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I still can’t understand why people love single pedal driving so much. You never get to relax the foot unless you want maximum regen braking. I’d much rather have releasing the gas pedal go into total coast mode and then use the brake pedal for slowing down (as much by regen as the car can handle). This was one of the biggest annoyances for me when I drove the Tesla model S since the brake pedal does no regen. I also got to test drive the new Leaf a couple weeks ago and far preferred when e-pedal was turned off and just driving in D mode. Pretty much everyone else I’ve talked to that drives electric or hybrid has said the same thing. Is moving the foot from the gas to the brake pedal that much work? One pedal driving is also much less efficient since it pretty much forces you to do more braking which is still much less efficient than coasting given there is still pretty big energy loss with regen.

Can you not push a button our whatever to turn off e-pedal while driving? If you take your foot off the pedal for whatever reason (to stretch or reposition yourself) and the car slows way down that would suck.

Both the new Leaf, and the Bolt have the option of not using one pedal driving, reverting to automatic transmission simulation. This is what allowed us to get a Bolt. the wife hated one pedal driving the i3 we test drove. She drives D, and I drive L in the Bolt. we are both happy.

I’d like to see more that offer the zero regen (aka coast) option like the Ioniq EV does.

I’m sure most do. eGolf sure does.

I never use it though, always in regen.

Us i3 drivers LOVE LOVE LOVE the one-pedal driving. It’s one of the best features of the car.

In fact, most i3 drivers crave more regen, not less.

+1 Billion !

It’s also less safe.i drive lots of windy roads with blond corners and I take my foot off the accelerator and cover the brake a lot. Can’t do that with one pedal driving. Having to take my foot off the accelerator and then press the brake costs precious time that could be the difference.

If people want it then I guess ok but they need to make it an option so those of us who hate it don’t have to use it.

It is an option. You have to turn it on.

Most likely you don’t drive ev every day and that’s why you find one pedal driving strange. I took me a week to get used to it and now i hate every fricking second i have to drive my wife’s gasser.

Strongly agree. I drove a ’18 Leaf just yesterday and in my short time with it I hated the e-pedal feature, and for exactly the reason you mentioned. I had to keep the pressure on the one pedal exactly where I needed/wanted it, and lost the ability to coast. That’s a huge step back in terms of driving comfort.

I’m sure that if I bought/leased a Leaf with e-pedal I would repeatedly try it to see if I could adapt and find it useful. But based on my experience yesterday, I’m very skeptical.

I love when Robert does the reviews since he gets excited and funny. Johnny not very much

I love Bolt one pedal driving. I use the “stronger” regen tab on the steering wheel often.

In addition to keeping me engaged in efficiency, it is a far more relaxing way to commute, esp. so in dense traffic.

Exactly, and your braking reaction time is instantaneous, already started slowing while the foot moves toward the brake. The two together work great, regen and regular brakes. If any doubt I drive with a finger on the paddle, ready.

Important point about the Bolt; that you have choices. Drive it like an ICE car in D and ignore the paddle, in D using the paddle for braking like I do in the Volt which increases range, or in heavy traffic or city driving use L for 1 petal driving. Slip it into D for coasting, no problem.