It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with some innovative Chrissy decs from Nissan.

The company has transformed an electric LEAF into an electric TREE, with a special one-off show car that delivers plenty of Christmas cheer.

Decked out in a spectacular fashion, the Nissan TREE showcases the way the electric car regenerates power when braking or decelerating.

Fitted with thousands of LEDs, shimmery baubles and a reindeer, it’s sines more brightly 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 18,000 kilometres.

This energy saving is equivalent to 20 per cent of the overall domestic electricity consumption of an average household.

It’s enough 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 1000 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,” head of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, 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 a more sustainable lifestyle through electric mobility.”

Two driving functions provide energy regeneration in the Nissan LEAF.

The Nissan e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.

It 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 regenerates energy under braking, with drivers using the traditional brake pedal as normal.

Sounds even better than it looks.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.

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