Report 3 Nissan Leaf £28,390* OTR/£30,575
All EVs deploy regenerative braking – the recuperation of energy when you lift off the throttle – to a greater or lesser degree.
The Leaf takes things one step further. In e-Pedal mode, when you lift-off the throttle, the car’s computers blend the energy recovery system with the regular disc brakes to bring you to a complete stop. The idea is you’d only need the brake pedal in an emergency, with the retardation effect of lifting off the throttle giving enough braking for everyday situations.
It takes some getting used to. Misjudge a stop at your peril, for even the lightest of touches on the brake pedal in this mode is enough to give you a whiplash effect.
40kWh electric motor, FWD, 147bhp, 236lb ft
235 mile range (NEDC)
0–62mph in 7.9secs, 144mph
You’ve heard of kangaroo petrol? We’ve been charging the Leaf with kangaroo electricity.
MILEAGE: 2395 OUR MPKWH: 3.7