Competition in the electric car market is surging as major vehicle manufacturers are making connections with specialised technicians to create high-tech, low-emission cars.
Nissan’s latest electric model, the 2018 LEAF, sparked curiosity prior to its reveal in September, igniting the excitement of a car that can be driven using just a single pedal for both acceleration and deceleration – the “e-Pedal”. Up to 90% of a driver’s needs will be met using a combination of the e-Pedal with Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility, making the act of driving more voltaic but safe.
“I think this is the logical next step,” says Jeffrey Miller, an engineering professor at USC
The e-Pedal works through the simple action of flipping a switch that transforms the single accelerator pad into the e-pedal that can start, accelerate, brake and stop the vehicle. E-pedal technology is the word’s first one-pedal operation that enables drivers to bring the car to a complete stop on hills, stay in a single position, and then begin driving immediately.
Nissan’s first Leaf, developed back in 2010, charged its way through to the masses, and became the world’s largest-selling battery car, with over 28,000 vehicles being sold.
Nissan’s 2018 Leaf will house a ‘denser’ 40kW lithium-ion battery pack with a max output of 150PS and 320Nm of torque, that will deliver a longer driving distance (approximately 235 miles) between recharges, and with speeds of up to 90mph. It’s tapered front end and blue-coloured V-Motion grille signifying that the car is electric is clearly inspired by the popular 2017 Micra, and will be available in two-tone colours to reflex current customer tastes.
Nissan’s 2018 Leaf will be available the start of next year.