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  • The best-selling Nissan LEAF electric vehicle transforms itself into a Nissan TREE
  • The Christmas car features a spectacular festive light display, powered entirely by its own regenerative braking energy system through e-Pedal and B mode
  • Innovative Nissan e-Pedal and B mode regenerate energy under braking and deceleration, extending the vehicle’s driving range
  • Energy regenerated through driving the Nissan LEAF for 11,000 miles represents 20% of the overall domestic electricity consumption of an average household for one year.

PARIS, France (Dec. 9th, 2019) – 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, the special one-off vehicle sees the Nissan LEAF transformed into a Nissan (Christmas) TREE. 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 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. Meanwhile, B mode is a driving function that regenerates energy under braking, with drivers using the traditional brake pedal as normal.

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow

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 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.

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 favourite Christmas movies
  • 10,783 houses with 1,000 LED lights for five hours

“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,” said Helen Perry, head of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe.

“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 a more sustainable lifestyle through electric mobility.”


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NOTES TO EDITORS

*The unique Nissan LEAF e-Pedal technology, as well as the B mode, regenerates energy with every drive. In fact, the average Nissan LEAF driver regenerates 744kWh of clean energy every year if they drive 11,000 miles. This energy saving is equivalent to 20% of the overall domestic electricity consumption of an average European household, which uses approximately 3,600 kWh a year. Nissan LEAF models come with either 40 kWh or 62 kWh battery in which the energy is stored.

** The following sources have been used when calculating average energy usages:

How does the technology work?

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 helps the car to harvest energy via regenerative braking. It 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. Using the e-Pedal gives the driver more range. Meanwhile, B mode is a driving mode that regenerates energy under braking, with drivers using the traditional brake pedal as normal.

The Nissan LEAF is an iconic and pioneering electric vehicle, with almost 150,000 on the roads today across Europe. Learn more about the Nissan LEAF and its intelligent regenerative braking technology by visiting http://nissan.co.uk/leaf

About Nissan in Europe


Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 16,000 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. In 2018, Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced about 600,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, Europe’s most selling electric vehicle in 2018. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2018, the company sold 5.52 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.6 trillion yen. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.

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