What Are E-Pedals?Jul 24th, 2019
Electric Vehicles (EVs) have become a rising tide within the automotive industry. Manufacturers are switching over in favor of EVs as more and more realize that fossil–fueled cars are becoming obsolete. The future is electric and with that, new systems for driving.
A prominent feature that has been become more and more common is the Single Pedal control system or e-pedal. This togglable system allows the drivers to stop the vehicle by simply lifting their foot from the accelerator pedal. Regenerative braking kicks in and the car is slowed faster than if you took your foot off the pedal in a conventional gasoline vehicle. Regenerative braking captures all the possible energy, charging the battery while also helping the car to stop. Manufacturers recommend drivers to use this system in the city, to help them be more efficient as they go through their day to day life.
However, let’s not confuse single pedal control for lacking a brake pedal. The brake is still there but drivers will find themselves hardly using it, instead, favoring the e-pedal. Some EVs even offer the option of the regenerative braking slowing down the car completely to zero, eliminating the idle creep while others will do it automatically if the car is moving under a certain speed like 15 kph and under.
Notable cars with this feature include the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, the new Honda-E, and now the Mini Cooper Electric. As we move farther and farther from gasoline powered engines, I think we’ll see this feature become more popular and eventually, it’ll be standard.