Break pedal almost unnecessary in new Nissan Leaf
|   Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Nissan revealed the new Leaf! The second generation of the electrically powered Nissan has a special news: a driving pedal that also functions as a brake pedal.

Here's the new Nissan Leaf! With a completely new design, a new electric motor and a larger battery pack, Nissan lifts the car to a higher level. The Outgoing Leaf was available with a battery of up to 30 kWh, the new minimum with 40 kWh. That means a larger action radius of 378 kilometers according to the NEDC measurement method.
The range in practice will be around 250 to 300 kilometers. In the course of next year there will be a second Leaf version, with a larger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor.

By default, the engine is in the new Leaf 110 kW (150 hp), with a torque of 320 Nm. Charger charging can take 40 minutes, the battery will then be charged for 80 percent. Via a charging station it takes 6 to 12 hours, depending on the available power. The new Leaf can also return electricity to the grid, if there is a need. In this way, the availability of green current within the network can be optimally regulated.

Brakes with a driving pedal?

A special novelty in the new Leaf is the e-pedal, a pedal that accelerates, rolls, starts and inhibits. If you gradually release the pedal, the car will gradually brake and if your foot is abruptly abrupt, the car will brake more effectively. According to Nissan, you only need the brake pedal in 20 percent of the situations to further brake. This new way of driving requires a good anticipation of the driver, but the driving experience according to Nissan is more fluid and test subjects soon became accustomed to the technology. The Leaf can also drive semi-autonomously, on the highway. Auto parking is also a new option.

The new Leaf is marginally larger than the outgoing model, so the space for passengers and luggage will be virtually the same. The dashboard comes with a 7 inch touch screen, with all the information about the electric drive line being read. A navigation system and features like smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple Carplay are standard.

The new Leaf will be ordered from October, and prices will be announced. The deliveries start in January 2018.
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