Motoring Today

Nissan’s New Leaf Electric Car Can Be Driven Without A Brake Pedal

Driving a car there are a few components that you would think are pretty essential: Wheel, Accelerator, Brake Pedal.

Well Nissan’s brand-new version of its electric car the Leaf will let you drive without a brake pedal thanks to what it’s called a “revolutionary new technology”.

It’s called an “e-Pedal” and while Nissan are remaining pretty tight-lipped on how it works you’ll probably be surprised to learn that it’s actually not as terrifying as it sounds.

If you take your foot off the accelerator in a petrol car the engine itself will force the car to slow down.

Electric cars don’t have this, so car manufacturers often include a regenerative braking feature that essentially brakes the car every time you release the accelerator. This not only slows the car but then generates electricity from the movement of the wheels.

Now they certainly wouldn’t be able to replace the brake pedal, which suggests that Nissan’s e-Pedal is a considerably more aggressive version of this feature which means that as you bring your foot up you are in effect increasing the amount of braking force you want to apply.

Now Nissan’s not suggesting that this style of driving could completely replace the brake pedal. However it does believe that the e-Pedal could become the most efficient way of driving over 90% of the time.

Local News

LED streetlights set to be installed on the A127

Work to replace all-night lighting along the A127 with new energy-saving LED lamps is set to begin this week.

So far 6,200 LED lamps have been installed offering a brighter light which uses less electricity and lasts much longer, resulting in reduced maintenance costs.

This week work will start to replace the all-night lights on the A127 with LEDs. All work will be completed using overnight lane closures to reduce disruption to the travelling public.

Upgrades to all-night lighting in Basildon, Rochford, Castle Point, Uttlesford and Chelmsford are now largely complete. Braintree is next on the list. 

The changes come as part of a two-year programme to upgrade 19,000 all-night streetlights across the county. When complete, it is expected to save the taxpayer £600,000-a-year.

As part of the programme, many streetlights requiring repair are being upgraded to LEDs to reduce maintenance costs.

Over 10,000 lights have been repaired in the last three months to December, an increase from 8,247 to September.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “The A127 is one of the busiest routes we are responsible for in the county and I, alongside many drivers I am sure, am delighted to see these upgrades come in.

“I have a responsibility to keep our hardworking highways staff safe and that is why these works will require some lane closures.

“These works will be taking place overnight, outside of peak hours, in a bid to create as little disruption as possible for the driving public.

“Please be patient with us as these new LED lights will not only help improve driving conditions, but they will help save taxpayers money in the long run through reductions in electricity and maintenance costs.”

The LED rollout focuses on all-night street lighting as it runs throughout the night and offers the largest energy savings for the taxpayer.

Despite an increase in streetlight repairs, the percentage of broken streetlights rose to 2.62 percent in the three months up to December 2016. A seasonal increase in broken streetlights is not uncommon as streetlights are required to be left on for longer due to the shortened daylight hours.

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