Nissan’s new Leaf (2018) uses one pedal to get you to your electric dreams

Just one sole to save us oil

06 September 2017
by Stuff Staff

Rubbish at eco gear shifts? You’ve two options: abandon hope and buy a flappy paddle Ferrari, or go all-in on the new-for-2018 Nissan Leaf.

Equipped with a nippy 110kw electric drivetrain (equivalent to 148bhp), its biggest trick is one-pedal driving. Lace up your favourite shoe and let the e-Pedal do the work, using resistance from the car’s regenerative energy tech to do the slowing when you lift off.

Besides giving your ankle a rest, it also maximises range – helping deliver a respectable 235 miles from a single charge. Parking will be a cinch when it hits Europe in January 2018, too, thanks to the fully autonomous ProPilot Park system.

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