Nissan LEAF Intelligent Mobility
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 05, 2017
"The new LEAF captures Nissan's Intelligent Mobility, the core of the brand's strategies for the future," said Hiroto Saikawa (President and CEO of Nissan) during the presentation. And is that the basic fundamentals presented this morning with the LEAF will be the way to go for the rest of the Japanese range.
Understood as more than just a means of transportation, the Intelligent Mobility strategy sets the guidelines for transportation that will come in the coming years. A strategy that not only wants to change vehicles, but also how the human interacts with the car itself.
To make the LEAF even more car-friendly, Nissan has developed the e-Pedal. This is an optional system that will allow the driver to activate both the accelerator and the brakes from the same right pedal. Simply press the button that activates the e-Pedal to enable regenerative braking and conventional brakes to stop the car just by lifting the foot of the accelerator completely.
The LEAF will be held in check as long as we do not operate on the pedal, even on steep slopes, and once we re-tighten the pedal the car will begin to move gradually and naturally. But beware, this does not mean that the brake pedal is removed. It will be retained and should be used for the strongest or emergency braking.
As Nissan has been slowly unveiling in recent months, two technologies will also be included that will make LEAF a more enjoyable and less stressful driving experience. The ProPILOT will be able to keep the car in our lane in sections of secondary roads and in freeways, and when we arrive at our destination the ProPILOT Park will take control of the direction, the accelerator and the steering wheel to park of completely automated form.
At the technological level, Nissan opens the shirt and pulls out his chest saying that it is the most advanced car in his catalog. And it is not without reason, it is true, but it is also true that other cars similar or different segments already equip similar and more advanced piloted driving systems.
In addition to being a car like many others, Nissan wants its LEAF to allow its owners to play a decisive role in the future of the energy market. Connecting the LEAF to the grid and using its batteries as an accumulator, future electric conductors will be able to supply power to homes that do not have light.
The Japanese firm wants that as the electric ones are popularized and spread by the world, the energy market is transformed towards a more efficient and sustainable model. To do this, LEAF batteries can act as intelligent reserves, for example charging when a home powered by renewable energy produces a surplus of energy and contributing kW in bands of high demand. (We do not know how this idea will be accepted by the Spanish hydroelectric plants).
All this process would be controlled intelligently either from the vehicle itself, as it has all the hardware and software necessary to program smart recharges / downloads, or from the specific application developed for smartphone. With it, in addition to seeing the charge level remotely, we can handle the air conditioning or look for the nearest charging point.
And after all this we only lack to know the price and how it unfolds in real life. Two fundamental data that can be the props for the definitive popularization of the electric in the market.