With the adoption of dual-clutch transmissions, automakers were able to do away with a third pedal, and with the widespread push for electric vehicles, they may be ready to get rid of a second pedal, as Nissan illustrates in the new Leaf.
With DCTs, companies were able to provide the manual gear shifting so many drivers love in order to stay engaged with their driving, without the need to work a clutch pedal with the left foot. Now with the ability of an electric motor to provide instant on/off power delivery, Nissan is claiming one pedal is all a driver really needs.
A Nissan release on the 2018 Nissan Leaf claims its new e-Pedal will allow drivers, at the flick of a switch, to cover 90% of their driving needs, greatly reducing the need to shift from throttle to brake and making the process of driving simpler and more engaging.
The new Leaf will still come with accelerator and brake pedals, but flipping a switch on the instrument panel allows the driver to control the car’s movement strictly with the accelerator, pressing down to go faster, easing off to coast and coming off the pedal completely to stop. Without a foot on the pedal, the car will hold its position, even on grades.
With e-Pedal activated, the brake pedal takes on the role of an emergency brake, for those times when more aggressive braking is required.
Nissan claims the innovative world-first 1-pedal technology is the latest example of the company’s Intelligent Mobility commitment to bring advanced driver assistance technologies to mainstream vehicles.
The new Leaf will be released in September 2017.