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Let it glow: it’s the Nissan LEAF Christmas tree

Nissan LEAF Christmas tree

Nissan has transformed its best-selling LEAF electric vehicle into a Christmas tree.

The EV features a spectacular festive light display powered entirely by its own regenerative braking energy.

It showcases how the electric car regenerates power when braking or decelerating via the e-Pedal system and B mode.

The e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal and helps the car harvest energy via regenerative braking.

This works by recycling the energy from the movement of the car during braking or deceleration, which then goes straight back to the batteries, where it is used to recharge the cells.

B mode is a driving function that regenerates energy under braking, with drivers using the traditional brake pedal as normal.

Fitted with thousands of LEDs, shimmery baubles and a reindeer, the car is brighter than Rudolph’s nose.

The sparkling display reminds sustainably-minded drivers about the energy generation made possible through owning an electric vehicle.

The average Nissan LEAF driver regenerates 744kWh of clean energy if they drive 11,000 miles. This energy saving is equivalent to 20% of the overall domestic electricity consumption of an average household.

That much electricity could power:

  • 266 Christmas trees with 700 incandescent lights for a full hour of joy
  • 297 ovens for one hour to cook your Christmas dinner
  • 744 televisions for five hours to watch your favourite Christmas movies
  • 10,783 houses with 1,000 LED lights for five hours

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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