The Nissan Leaf electric car lights up the UK factory’s Christmas tree | Daily News Byte

The Nissan Leaf electric car lights up the UK factory’s Christmas tree

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More than 250,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars have been built in the UK. Now the factory is celebrating by powering up its Christmas lights with a battery-powered hatchback.

Nissan is celebrating the 250,000th leaf rolling off its UK production line by using electric car batteries to light a Christmas tree outside the factory where it was made.

Since 2012, Nissan’s Sunderland factory has produced Leaf electric cars for buyers in the UK and Ireland, as well as several international markets including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.

With over a quarter-of-a-million examples in production, Nissan UK has demonstrated the Leaf’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology by providing power to the lights on a 10-metre tall Christmas tree.

Also known as vehicle-to-home (V2H), V2G allows electric car batteries to power an entire home or return its power to the grid.

It’s worth noting that the Nissan Leaf does not support a vehicle-to-load (V2L) system, which allows owners to plug home appliances into the battery with a common adapter.

Instead, the Nissan Leaf pictured supplies energy to a much larger power adapter, which is connected to the tree lights via a three-phase plug.

The Nissan Leaf isn’t the only electric car on sale in Australia with V2G and V2H technology – Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross and Outlander plug-in hybrids are also capable of powering homes or returning their battery energy to the grid.

Electric cars equipped with V2L include Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Niro EV, Genesis GV60, Electrified GV70 and Electrified G80, MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3.

The updated Nissan Leaf hits Australian showrooms in August 2022, priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level 40kWh model, while the 62kWh e+ variant starts at $61,490 plus on-road costs.

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