FunkyMike wrote:Thank you very much for the quick responses all.
I have a follow up question if I may. So the e-pedal sounds like a very good feature on short trips that's for sure, hats off to Nissan there! But on longer journeys do you not find constantly adjusting the regen braking with your foot get in the way?
Sorry for really digging into this but I'm sitting here picturing myself constantly having to adjust the throttle or fully turning off the e-pedal to be able to coast which quite often is very handy in gradually slowing down traffic.
I know its each to their own when it comes to stuff like that, let me know what you think.
The short answer is no. The only time I need to significantly manually manipulate the regeneration is when I am exiting a freeway.
The rest of the time it's basically the inverse operation of your current right foot. Let me explain. In a typical vehicle when you typically need to slow down you lift your right foot from the accelerator pedal & move that foot over to the brake pedal & begin gently pressing the brake pedal to modulate how much braking force needed for the given situation to either slow for a curve, turn, or a full stop.
In the leaf you are essentially doing the same thing except all you have to do is lessen the pressure on the accelerator pedal. Also once you become familiar with the cars deceleration rate once you're below 30-40mph the car literally stops completely & extremely smoothly without you touching either pedal. Even on a significant decline! Now I of course by that time have moved my right to "cover" the brake pedal if I need additional braking & misjudged the stopping distance range needed or if traffic or road conditions didn't allow for the required distance for a smooth full regeneration stop.
An example of that would be a high traffic freeway exit with a short off ramp will almost alway require me to provide extra braking via pressing the brake pedal but again once the car is below about 20-30mph I can then allow the car to "take over" & finish the stop.
Anecdotally I may however be conditioned because I came from a Prius that has about 1/5 of the regeneration deceleration force so I have been modulating brake pedal regeneration for 5.5 years now. The Leaf has been a welcome change in the cars ability to do 98% of the "work" I was doing via the brake pedal of the Prius.