For those who aren’t familiar with electric vehicles, all of them have some form of regenerative braking feature. In order to preserve and even create electricity, the motor goes in reverse and feeds that into the vehicle’s battery. Nissan is adding the ability to control acceleration and braking all in one pedal for their next EV.
On Wednesday, Nissan teased the e-Pedal in a press release. While there will still be a traditional brake pedal for situations that call for it, drivers can press a switch to activate the e-Pedal. When it’s on, speed is still controlled by how hard the pedal is stomped on, but the vehicle will come to a complete stop when the pedal is let go of compared to traditional vehicles continue to coast.
In an infographic that Nissan included in the press release, they pose that the e-Pedal will make drives easier and exciting. Drivers will be under better control when going through winding roads, and the car will slow down when the pedal is depressed. The entire vehicle will come to a complete stop when the foot is off the acceleration pedal, and it can even hang on steep hills.