mctom987 wrote:AFAIK, no vehicle in the world has an electric parking brake. ...
The Volt also has a switch activated electric parking brake.
I think the speculation that the US 2013 LEAF changed to foot activated parking brake was cost driven is correct.
If all your other Nissan vehicles are using a foot activated parking brake, then it has to be probably 1/3 the cost of the electric parking brake.
Opinions on the electric parking brake were mixed at best though.
For my wife and I it is one of the favorite things about the vehicle.
Nissan dropping it in 2013 is one of the two things that drove our decision to not trade in 2011 for a 2013 SL.
(Other thing was leather only in black.)
Some people just mistrusted electric parking brake that it might not work in an emergency. It has a very large capacitor in back of vehicle also shown in emergency responder instructions.
In an emergency pulling on the electric brake switch will continuously apply it, although I haven't tested it.
Some thought use of foot in an emergency was better than one hand off the wheel to apply emergency / parking brake.
Seems OK to me.
But possible Nissan attornies might have also influenced elimination of the electric parking brake.
I would like to see Nissan bring it back but that is unlikely.
May take a doubling of battery capacity to get me to trade in the 2011 without it though