The Nissan Leaf is driving into the festive season as a Christmas tree in a bid to highlight how regenerative braking works.
Nissan’s electric vehicle has been decked with thousands of LEDs, baubles and even Rudolph himself, to bring the festive cheer this season. However, there is also an underlying message the Christmas Leaf is portraying.
Not only is Nissan celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also celebrating the power of regenerative braking.
Helen Perry, head of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, said: “Santa shouldn't be the only one with a festive mode of transport. We wanted to make the Nissan LEAF more fun at this time of year whilst driving home a very important message.”
The Nissan Leaf tree is powered solely from the regenerative braking system within the vehicle, meaning it is lighting up the festive period in a more sustainable way.
There are two ways in which the Leaf provides energy regeneration.
The first is with the e-Pedal, which enables drivers to start, accelerate, slow down and stop, all through the one pedal. When the vehicle is braking/decelerating, the pedal recycles the energy, enabling it to go back into the battery where it is used to recharge the cell.
The second way energy is recycled is through the B mode. When using the brake pedal as normal, energy is recaptured when the vehicle is braking.
Therefore, the purpose of the Nissan Christmas tree is to showcase how regenerative braking works, how much energy is recaptured and to highlight the energy savings an electric driver would benefit from.
For example, if a Nissan Leaf owner drives 11,000 miles, they would regenerate, on average, 744kWh of clean energy, which is the equivalent to 20% of the overall domestic electricity usage of an average household.
Or, seeing as though we are getting into the festive spirit, the energy generated would be enough to 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
Impressive isn’t it?!
To conclude, Helen Perry said: “We hope this custom-made vehicle inspires people about the benefits of regenerative energy. After nearly ten years since LEAF was first introduced in Europe, Nissan continues to be fully focused on providing consumers with a more sustainable lifestyle through electric mobility."