The next-generation Nissan Leaf will not only be a smarter car than its predecessor, it will also come with a “revolutionary technology that transforms the way we drive” called e-Pedal.

Nissan says the feature will enable something it refers to as “one-pedal driving,” but how does it operate? As the attached video shows us, drivers will need to flip the e-Pedal switch to enable to function, which turns the accelerator pedal into an “e-Pedal.”

With the feature active, the rightmost pedal is now used to accelerate and also to slow down or come to a stop. To engage braking, simply ease off the pedal, and if you want to come to a stop, release it completely.

It may sound curious but this operational method has made its way into other cars like the Tesla Roadster and even the BMW i3 (video demonstration provided below). As regenerative braking is prevalent in most electric cars, the system acts as a “brake” of sorts when you are easing off the accelerator. However, the brake pedal can still be used in the event of panic stops or if emergency manoeuvres are required.

Why bother with such a feature that seems alien to most of the driving population? Nissan explains the feature greatly reduces the need for drivers to shift from one pedal to the other in heavy traffic and during city commutes. The e-Pedal therefore covers 90% of their driving needs and makes driving simpler and more engaging. For those who prefer the traditional style of driving, once again, the brake pedal still exists here.

The e-Pedal is just one of what should be many other featured technologies like the ProPILOT Assist driver-assistance suite. Look forward to the reveal of the next-gen Leaf on September 6 (September 5 in the United States).