Christmas is coming, so Nissan took that as an opportunity to turn its Nissan Leaf electric vehicle into a tinsel-covered Christmas tree powered by its own regenerated energy. The idea behind this novelty is to show how much power is generated by the regenerative braking system found in the Leaf.
The Leaf features a system called e-Pedal, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop all while using a single pedal. Instead of using the brake and gas to modulate your speed, e-Pedal lets you simply lift up on the gas to slow down. It will even bring the car to a complete stop without you ever touching the brake pedal.
It sounds a bit odd and it does take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the process is quite easy. The e-Pedal not only lets you drive with one pedal, it also helps the car collect energy through regenerative braking.
It gathers energy from the movement of the car during braking and deceleration, which is then used to recharge the batteries. The system also collects energy when drivers slow down using the brake pedal like usual.
The Nissan Leaf Christmas tree is a special one-off to celebrate the holidays and demonstrate the impact of driving an electric vehicle. It’s covered in 15,200 lights and 623 feet of tinsel with Rudolph and his shiny red nose sitting atop the roof.
According to Nissan, the average Nissan leaf generates 744 kWh of energy for every 18,00 km or roughly 11,100 miles driven.
That’s roughly 20 percent of the electricity consumption of the average European household, which also works out to:
- 266 Christmas tress with 700 incandescent lights for one hour
- 297 ovens for one hour
- 744 televisions for five hours
- 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.