Sunday, December 22, 2019

Nissan Turns Its Leaf into a (Christmas) Tree to Show Power of Regenerated Energy


Nissan will be dashing through the snow this Christmas with a bright festive Nissan Leaf powered by its own regenerated energy.

To bring Christmas cheer while celebrating the power of regenerative energy creation, the special one-off vehicle sees the Nissan Leaf transformed into a Nissan (Christmas) Tree (get it?). Decked out in a spectacular light display, the Nissan Tree showcases the way the electric car regenerates power when braking or decelerating.

Two driving functions provide energy regeneration in the Nissan Leaf. The Nissan Leaf e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. The e-Pedal also helps the car to 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 them. Meanwhile, 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. In fact, the average Nissan Leaf driver regenerates 744-kWh of clean energy if they drive 18,000 kilometers. This energy saving is equivalent to 20 percent of the overall domestic electricity consumption of an average European household.

Nissan Leaf drivers would generate enough energy to power up:
  • 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 favorite Christmas movies
  • 10,783 houses with 1,000 LED lights for five hours

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