Seems to me both e-Step and B [with e-Step off] modes are identical. I'm still waiting for my reserved Platinum+ so I can't test my theory. Would someone test this for me and the folks.
First note: One of the driver displays shows two circles. It is essentially a current meter, clock style circle. Notice there are two segments. The segments between 10 o'clock and 7 o'clock show the regen current INTO the battery. The bars from 10 o'clock to 5 o'clock show the current into the motor.
So, the difference, if any, between the e-Step and B [with e-Step off] modes can be definitively determined. Here's how: Make certain the battery is less than 85% to insure the regen current will be maximum. And, the eco mode is not on. Then go to a relatively long hill, it should be steep; but, not necessarily very steep. With e-Step ON and in D-mode, lift off the accelerator and note the number of current bars in the 10 to 7 o'clock display. Next, do it again with With e-Step OFF and in B-mode.
I'll betcha they are the same. They are the same with with my 2020 Leaf, except the Leaf has the true one-pedal instead of the e-Step.
Big question for me is why doesn't Nissan simple let the owner chose between e-Pedal and e-Step?
Incidentally, the question about regen breaking on down hills with a full battery can easily be seen. Do other e-Step or B mode with a 100% battery and then with several charge states. The Leaf shows about 5 regen bars for a near 100% charge state. Then, proportionally between 10 o'clock and 7 o'clock as the battery charge state goes from 100% to 90% Betcha the Ariya has the algorithm.