Brak­ing bad

Re­port 3 Nis­san Leaf £28,390* OTR/£30,575

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE - TOM HAR­RI­SON

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.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION

40kWh elec­tric mo­tor, FWD, 147bhp, 236lb ft

235 mile range (NEDC)

0–62mph in 7.9secs, 144mph

1580kg

TESTER’S NOTES

You’ve heard of kan­ga­roo petrol? We’ve been charg­ing the Leaf with kan­ga­roo elec­tric­ity.

MILEAGE: 2395 OUR MPKWH: 3.7

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