Next-Gen Nissan LEAF To Get New e-Pedal Technology

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 76

Nissan LEAF With e-Pedal

It sounds like the next-generation 2018 Nissan LEAF is to be equipped with a system that responds much like heavy regenerative braking does. It’s called e-Pedal.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Nissan just released its latest “teaser” for the upcoming 2018 LEAF. The tease this time around is what the automaker refers to as e-Pedal. Nissan describes the technology as follows:

“With the flip of a switch, the technology turns your accelerator into an e-Pedal, allowing drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using just the e-Pedal*. e-Pedal technology is the world’s first one-pedal operation that allows drivers to bring the car to a complete stop even on hills, stay in position, and resume driving instantly.”

“Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting. In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.”

Sure sounds like heavy regen, perhaps with a hold functionality. This will be welcome news to current LEAF owners who’ve often complained over the car’s weak regenerative braking system. Seems like Nissan is listening to current LEAF owners.

Video demonstration via Nissan below.

Officially, the 2018 LEAF  is scheduled to make its debut on September 5th at a special event in Tokyo.  Production in the US starts in early December.

Check out or latest spy shots of the next-gen LEAF here.

Press blast below:

Simple things can be amazing

The new #Nissan #LEAF with e-Pedal premieres September 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan announced today that the widely anticipated new Nissan LEAF will come with e-Pedal, a revolutionary technology that transforms the way we drive.

With the flip of a switch, the technology turns your accelerator into an e-Pedal, allowing drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using just the e-Pedal*. e-Pedal technology is the world’s first one-pedal operation that allows drivers to bring the car to a complete stop even on hills, stay in position, and resume driving instantly.

Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting. In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.

The e-Pedal technology represents another key milestone in Nissan’s ongoing commitment to bring accessible, advanced driver assistance technologies to the mainstream. Set to make driving safer and more enjoyable, the development of these technologies is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

By launching the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, Nissan established itself as pioneer in the EV movement. Today the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with more than 277,000 sold worldwide.

For the latest updates, follow #Nissan #LEAF #ElectrifyTheWorld and join in the conversation.

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76 responses to "Next-Gen Nissan LEAF To Get New e-Pedal Technology"

  1. Francois says:

    1st car to be able to do 1 pedal driving?

    Right…

    1. CLIVE says:

      Clearly you missed it !

      1. tony marco says:

        Yup they did – my 2014 BMW i3 drives like this but started doing so 3 years ago !

        Good to see NIssan including the tech though!

        1. WARREN says:

          The i3 comes with hill assist also.

  2. DanC says:

    Been doing this in my Bolt since day one – it even has “hill assist” where you don’t need to push on the brake while sitting on a hill.

    1. sveno says:

      Don’t all EVs do that?

      1. Big Solar says:

        No they dont but seems like its a waste of energy. May be negligible though.?

        1. Devin Serpa says:

          Most have one pedal driving, with the selector in a “Breaking” or “Eco” mode.

          For coming to a complete stop, one just needs to turn off creeping.

    2. Michael Owen says:

      Let’s say you’re coming down a hill at 40 mph and there a stop sign at the bottom. How do you bring the car to a full stop using the heavy regen and no brakes without crawling the last few car lengths. It seems for safety’s sake, you’d want to at least rest your foot on the brake and take if off the acceletator.

      1. Asak says:

        Of course the brake is still needed in the end. However you can largely control speed using heavy regen modes in many EVs. In the Volt/Bolt you have the regen paddle (also L mode). In the e-Golf you have the ability to switch between three levels of regen or coasting when the accelerator is depressed, and finally B mode will apply full regen to slow you rapidly to a stop.

        I actually really like VW’s system as it give the operator a lot of control in fine tuning speed. A lot of times coasting is best for efficiency, but if I need to slow down a little or a lot I can quickly slip it into D1/D2/D3 and if I am coming to a full top slip it back into B.

        The GM “regen paddle” is a bit more clunky. It would work better if it were pressure sensitive somehow. As it is you have to sort of pulse it if you don’t want to slow down too quickly.

        Of course, you can also regen using the brake in both GM and VW’s system. The brake pedal actually isn’t bad for controlling regen, but maybe what’s needed is a better indication of when the friction brakes kick in.

  3. I hope this means that the default mode has free wheel coasting, and regen on the brake pedal.

    1. Klaus says:

      I’ll second that. Coasting is more efficient than regen, particularly on the long downhill routes in my area.

      1. Alan says:

        I’ll 3rd that !

        My Outlander PHEV is perfect for this + using the regen paddles.

        Looking forward to going all EV with the new Leaf.

      2. Leo says:

        Coasting also feels a lot better than endless heavy regen or trying to feather the gas pedal just right to simulate a coast.

        1. Exactly – the e-Golf and Ioniq Electric have coasting by default. I hope that the new Leaf has it, too.

          1. Asak says:

            I agree. I didn’t realize how nice being able to coast was until I got my e-Golf. It’s been so many years where I’ve had at least one car with regen on depressing the accelerator (Honda Insight Gen1, then Leaf) that I pretty much got used to feathering the pedal. But being sure that you’re really just coasting and not accidentally slipping into regen or acceleration is really a lot less taxing.

            I especially like how in the e-Golf you can adjust the regen to your liking. I often adjust it situationally. I know VW get a lot of hate around here, but their drive system in the e-Golf is actually really good. All they need is twice the range and maybe a bit more power for acceleration and they’d easily have a competitor for the Bolt, Model 3 and new Leaf.

      3. Bojan says:

        That’s not really correct. If you coast downhill, your battery state of charge at the bottom will be lower than had you used regen on the way down.

        1. Brian says:

          Yes, and you’ll have more kinetic energy (i.e. you’ll be going faster) if you coast. At some point, though, the aero losses from extra speed would be greater than the charging losses from regen. I couldn’t tell you when that is for a Leaf.

        2. Coast when you need to carry speed, and use regen when you need to slow down.

          Regen can only regain <50% of the energy, and loss from aero etc is the same, so coasting is the best way to go farther on the same charge.

          1. SparkEV says:

            Regen captures about 75% of the energy, more under some circumstances. Way to calculate is shown in this blog post.

            http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2016/05/regenerative-braking-efficiency.html

      4. Devin Serpa says:

        You just need to put in cruise control, it will coast until it needs power.

        1. Cruise control? Yuck.

          I shift our Leaf into N to coast, and I am averaging 5.3 miles / kWh. Our e-Golf coast by default, which is excellent.

    2. M Hovis says:

      Add me to that list

    3. ffbj says:

      I had free-wheeling on my ’70 SAAB. Last year I think you could get it, here in the U.S.
      I loved it the hyway.

    4. Jacked Beanstalk says:

      Once I grew accustomed to my Volt’s one pedal mode that was it. I never use any other mode.

  4. Pantarei says:

    Nissan introduced this in the domestic-only hybrid Nissan Note e-Power. Must’ve gotten positive feedback from that.

  5. Mad says:

    I hope they do what GM missed. Sell this as a hot hatch.

    If they can get 200+ hp out of it, it’ll compete directly with the GTI (which starts at $25.6k). VW sells 2k GTI’s a month.

    From the press release and the looks of it, it sounds like Nissan is going with sporty rather than *yawn* nerdy greeny.

    1. Brian says:

      Sporty? Leaf? The “F” still stands for Family car, right? Not Fast car. As much as I’d love a sporty Leaf SR, I’m not going to hold my breath.

      1. Mad says:

        I’m hoping. They did say “exciting” in the press release. They didn’t say anything about how green it was.

        I take that as a good sign.

    2. BenG says:

      The Bolt is a hot hatch as is. 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

      It’s not quite as quick as the GTI at 5.9 seconds, but is far quicker than typical hatchbacks, i.e. the Honda Fit at 8.5 seconds.

      Sure it would be sweet for Chevy to offer an SS version that beats the GTI, but the Bolt is quite quick already.

      1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

        5.9 seconds when launched by a professional driver. The Bolt is quicker out in the real world, though the GTI can still beat it at expressway speeds. But that’s not where fun driving is done.

      2. Mad says:

        I know the Bolt is almost as fast as a GTI (and in most circumstances, it is). That’s why I’m a little disappointed in GM. They don’t market it as a sporty car. They should market it as a hot hatch, rather than a green version of a Honda Fit.

        Basically, the Bolt has proven that GM has no real interest in selling EVs.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Hot hatches don’t sell as many as compact Crossovers.

          So, GM has been trying to call it a CUV so in that sense, GM is trying to sell as many as it can.

        2. Dav8or says:

          Yes, yes, of course. GM spent probably half a billion dollars to develop and bring to market a great BEV because they really don’t want to sell BEVs. This logic makes perfect sense.

          One needs to look no further than Ford, or VW to see that you don’t need to spend that much money just to get a compliance car. GM absolutely wants to sell EVs, but not as badly as Tesla does. Tesla is the only car company 100% committed to EV sales.

    3. fool cells says:

      the Bolt blows the GTI away. Already been documented.

  6. Brian says:

    I’m happy to hear they will embrace one pedal driving. But it’s a bit much to claim they are first. I’m sure this specific implementation hasn’t been done, but really? I mean I drove a BMW Active-E back in 2012 which had one-pedal driving. The Bolt in L will do it today. I’m just glad Nissan is joining the party here.

    And I second Neil’s desire for a free-wheel coasting mode too.

  7. JoeS. says:

    Great news! In late 2011, the Leaf’s wimpy regen was the deciding factor for my buying an i-MiEV.

  8. Mark.ca says:

    That’s how i drive my eGolf with regen…is there anything new here? I guss many that posted here don’t actually drive evs since you guys are surprised by this.

    1. Brian says:

      And I guess that you haven’t actually driven a Leaf. Its regen is awful. My 2012, when new, had mediocre regen. Now that the battery has degraded a little, it’s basically down to zero regen in all but the optimal conditions (battery temperature AND SoC). Even the 2017 Leaf has soft regen compared to pretty much all other EVs on the market.

      The eGolf has great regen. I love the various modes that are offered. When it was released, it was arguably the best on the market.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        True, i never drove a leaf. The eGolf has 3 regen levels but i find it practical to use the most aggressive. There are days when in my 10 mile city commute the break paddle is not touched…slightly uphill.

    2. My extended family has six EV’s.

      The e-Golf has coasting by default, because that is more efficient.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        In an imaginary world where you are the only driver on any street you take and all lights are green the coasting is the most efficient way to drive.

  9. F150 Brian says:

    I’d much rather have a regen paddle on the left side of the steering wheel.

    1. DanC says:

      Then get a Bolt – you can have both.

      1. CLIVE says:

        The Bolt is a ripoff.

        Or maybe GM is the ripoff?

        No wonder they have such a stockpile.

        1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

          We’ll see if there’s a 225mi version of the Leaf and what it costs. Doubtful it will be significantly less than a Bolt unless Nissan air-cools the battery again, lol.

        2. JeremyK says:

          Jeez, name a comparable vehicle that can be purchased for less.

    2. Mikael says:

      Me too. I don’t like heavy regen that comes when I ease up on the acceleration pedal, even the Leaf in B-mode is way too much for my liking normally (of course it is nice in city traffic, but even then I would prefer a paddle).

  10. Jay D says:

    Hmmm, if this means only two driving modes, I’m inclined to prefer the four modes in my i-MiEV. A true Neutral setting is useful for coasting down hills rather than riding the razor edge between acceleration and regen with one pedal. Heavy regen (B mode) is fun, but in stop-and-go traffic an Eco mode provides smoother and more efficient driving. D mode is good for newby drivers since it mimics the familiar feel of an automatic transmission.

    1. CLIVE says:

      Leaf can driven in neutral.

  11. DJ says:

    Don’t think I would ever use it but for those who like 1 pedal driving I have to say to say it is nice they provide the option, if that is what it truly is.

  12. bro1999 says:

    i3 and Bolt offer 1 pedal driving already. How can Nissan get away with saying their e-pedal is the first??

    1. Devin Serpa says:

      And the Soul EV. Maybe because the e-pedal will completely stop and hold. Others have one pedal driving, and if creep is turned off, it will slow to a stop, but not hold position.

      1. cros13 says:

        The i3 holds position on any positive or neutral gradient while in drive or negative or neutral gradient in reverse.
        I think the only new thing is that it might slow to a hold on a negative gradient? and that it’s switchable and can be left in the preferred mode by the driver unlike the bolt which has to be switched into low on every startup or gear change.

        1. Scott Lawson says:

          ^^ this!!

      2. Mark.ca says:

        eGolf will hold position and stop completely.

    2. CLIVE says:

      Because you will be able to completely hard stop even at high-speed’s

  13. James says:

    We’ll have to see how it works in real world situations.

    I prefer to coast in the first gen Volt rather than use L mode regen, except in heavy traffic or long dowhills.

    GM’s solution in gen 2 Volt and Bolt EV seems a better solution to me. Squeezing the left Regen On Demand paddle on the column works really nicely, giving you the better option than A) one pedal driving only B) coast only.

    A left foot regen pedal would make for too many pedals in the footwell, too confusing for most and ripe for accidents when used by the uninitiated.

    Optimum hypermiling comes from both regen use and coasting, so a blend is needed. Nissan’s system is inferior to GM’s if the driver has to switch between modes.

    The i3 and the Tesla systems work well, but also require a manual set up and switching between levels of regen aggression. Sure, one pedal works great in bumper to bumper commutes, but switching modes when traffic opens up or for a long gentle hill where regen slows you too much is a hassle. D mode using regen paddles is the closest to set-and-forget.

    I’d say GM nailed it on this subject. Nissan is a day late and a dollar short.

    1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

      In Volt you just move the shifter one notch to switch between modes. No hassle whatsoever.

      Or you learn to drive in one-pedal mode and behold the true glory of EVs!

  14. kubel says:

    “e-Pedal”, also known as, “our regenerative braking won’t suck as much as it did on Gen1 cars.”

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      LOL.

      The best summary so far.

  15. scott franco says:

    Nissan reinvents one pedal driving. Next they will announce “ta da!” their cars have new advanced round tire technology…

  16. Roy LeMeur says:

    Back when GM was developing the EV-1 prototype, (with the idiotic name of “Impact”), designer Alan Cocconi presented his one-pedal driving system to the GM suits who immediately declared it to be unsuitable for the public and something that would never be accepted and even claimed it would lead to accidents.

    Now no one would want an EV without it.

  17. Christopher Gioconda says:

    Can someone explain how to coast using neutral on a Nissan Leaf? I’ve had it a year, and usually get ~4kWh without knowing this trick. Thanks!

    1. William says:

      Go from D/B -mode into N -mode, by going left (only)with the shifter. Don’t go forward with the shift control system,whatever you do, as it will put you in REVERSE. Also, it helps the cars inertia balance (front to back),not to be accelerating or decelerating a lot , before going into N – mode on the shift control system.

      1. William says:

        Happy average 5+ miles/kWh Energy Economy on your Leafs dash readout. I’m currently at 5.4 miles/kWh with 45k miles driven.

  18. Gibber says:

    I love everything I have been hearing about the next Gen LEAF (I’m currently on my second one) but I’m so disappointed to see that stupid shift knob on the console, just give me some buttons on the dash and a REAL cup holder for Pete’s sake!

  19. unlucky says:

    It’s one pedal-driving. Just like others already have. Chevy, Tesla, BMW.

  20. Joe says:

    These guys will never get it. They keep trying to coddle what they see as the simple minded ice converts. In reality just about everyone adapts to one pedal driving in the first day of ownership. When will these guys stop trying to emulate ice cars with their fake grills and weak regent by default?

  21. Adi says:

    “Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting” exciting WTF!! anyway having a regen paddle switch on steering column is much betteroption.

    (9:00 mark)

    1. Martin T. says:

      I disagree on the steering column re gen aka GM ELR – one should have the hands on the steering wheel as an e-pedal can do the lot.

      Nissan’s version is an excellent idea. One Pedal driving is so cool if you have ever driven a EV or Hybrid that can do this. Way less stressful and naturally intuitive & simple. (Unless you are an erratic / non smooth driver, this system provides immediate feedback and improve your driving).

      Even a Gen 1 VOLT in L mode demonstrates a majority of this effect very well – Just wish they would have increased re gen and allowed brake lights to activate Automatically when needed.

      1. Adi says:

        Accelerator pedal should only control motor/engine RMP.A separate regen switch is much sensible option and couple that to a position sensor will give u accurate control over regen system from coasting with mild regen to aggressive braking.In most of cases costing is much efficient option and will give more lead time for the energy to actually get converted to usable energy.If u are a dumbo who hates driving and happy to relinquish control, u won’t accept whatever I say.

        1. Martin T. says:

          I think you mean Vehicle speed is the end desired result what an Accelerator controls in any car. One can enjoy driving a car with re gen, it just takes some re learning and can be quite satisfying unless you are an old Stick in the mud. Do you have trouble controlling golf carts by 1 pedal driving by any chance? – same principle. The only way a hand held re gen paddle can help is one that can measure pressure applied and adjust the desired response. If their was real aggressive / sensitive re gen and the person is old and or disabled this would have great merit as you try to suggest.

  22. Ambulator says:

    I am pleased to see that most here know that one pedal driving is not always desired, even though sometimes it very much is. It’s important for auto manufacturers to provide both, and make it easy to switch back and forth.

    1. unlucky says:

      I wish they’d just be sure to make it easy to get the one you want without passing through the other.

      I am one of those who do want more regen and single pedal driving. It was dumb having to actuate the gear lever twice on the LEAF to get to “B” mode every time and it’s dumb having to actuate the gear level twice on the Bolt too.

      Let people have a choice but also let people select which is their preferred mode.

  23. Don Zenga says:

    In another 7 weeks, we will be able to see next Gen Leaf. What we expect for must have.
    Range: 150+ miles
    Cost: 30K –
    Interior Space: 125 cu. ft.
    Please classify it as a Crossover instead of a hatch. I believe Leaf is as tall as Niro which is classified as crossover by Kia.

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