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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.

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