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Driving Ohm for Xmas: Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow*

NOT JUST A LEAF, BUT A WHOLE TREE: Nissan Europe decked out this Nissan Leaf to glow for Christmas to show off the benefits of regenerative energy. Image: Nissan

PARIS, France – Nissan will be dashing through the snow (in Europe, at least!) this Christmas with a bright and festive Nissan LEAF powered by its own regenerated energy.

To bring Christmas cheer while celebrating the power of regenerative energy the special one-off was transformed into a Nissan (Christmas) TREE decked with a spectacular light display.

The Nissan TREE is intended to show how an electric car regenerates power when braking or decelerating. Two driving functions provide energy regeneration in the Nissan LEAF, and this is how it works…


The LEAF e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. The e-Pedal also allows the car to harvest energy through regenerative braking by recycling energy from car’s movement during braking or deceleration.

This energy goes straight back to the batteries.

Meanwhile, B mode is a driving function that regenerates energy under normal braking.

The special Christmas car carries thousands of light-emitting diodes, shimmery baubles, and a reindeer. The sparkling display reminds sustainable-minded drivers about the energy generation made possible through owning an electric vehicle.


Helen Perry, head of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, told The Corner: “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 while driving home a very important message.

“We hope this custom-made vehicle will educate people about the benefits of regenerative energy. It’s 10 years since LEAF was introduced in Europe but Nissan continues to be focused on providing people with a more sustainable lifestyle through electric mobility.”

*The headline was so good that The Corner decided we couldn’t better it.

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