pedal is what you will need to use if you
can get used to the Leaf's e-Pedal
system Intelligent Mobility, the Leaf is equipped to offer some amount of autonomous driving and parking. The most significant technology on offer however has to be the e-Pedal that marks the start of a paradigm shift from two- and three-pedal technology to onepedal technology!
The Leaf is kitted with ProPILOT, which is a single-lane autonomous driving technology that can automatically maintain a pre-set distance from the vehicle ahead. In case the vehicle in front stops, ProPILOT brings the Leaf to a complete stop by applying the brakes automatically. Meanwhile the ProPILOT Park assists drivers in parking their vehicles by completely taking over acceleration, braking and steering inputs. The e-Pedal, on the other hand, allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and even hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone.
The Leaf’s electric motor produces 110kW, which is 38 per cent more than what the motor was capable of producing in the previous generation of the same car. Torque, which is available from get-go, has also increased by 26 per cent to a peak 320Nm. As a result of these improvements to the e-motor itself, a change of components in the larger battery and improved aero efficiency – the Leaf has a drag coefficient of 0.28Cd – range from a single charge is 400km under test conditions.
The Leaf will go on sale first in Japan on October 2, 2017 – a country that boasts 7200 quick charging stations and 28,000 regular charging stations across the nation. Quite frankly, we would love to see the Leaf in India; it is stylish, high on quality, spacious and well equipped. It’s zero emission too. Unfortunately, India isn’t Japan. Not yet. With practically no infrastructure to support the advent of EVs it is difficult to say when the Leaf will be able to honour the honorable minister’s declaration. But for those of you who want to really see it in the flesh, we reckon the car will be on display at the Nissan pavilion at the Auto Expo early next year. See you all there.