Nissan LEAF Powers Christmas Lights as UK Plant Marks Production of 250,000 Electric Vehicles

Sunderland becomes Wonderland as a Nissan LEAF showcases what it’s powerful battery power can achieve.

Demonstrating the pure ability of the LEAF to act as a mobile power plant, using what Nissan describes as V2X, or ‘vehicle to Christmas tree’, the LEAF’s battery is providing the power for the lights on a 32-foot Christmas tree and two “shimmering reindeer” outside the Nissan Sunderland plant. It also put the power behind a huge, illuminated sign, made up of the figure “250,000” as a nod to the milestone production of more than 250,000 of the pioneering electric vehicle in the UK.

Alan Johnson, Vice President Manufacturing at Nissan Sunderland Plant, said: “Passing a quarter of a million Nissan LEAF is a tremendous milestone and demonstrates the electric vehicle manufacturing expertise we have built up at our plant over the past decade.”

“This year we have completely electrified the plant’s line-up with the new versions of Qashqai and Juke launched, so lighting up the Christmas tree with our original EV is a spectacular and appropriate way to end 2022.”

The Nissan LEAF’s vehicle-to-grid capability, (sometimes called vehicle-to-building or vehicle-to-eveything-V2X), puts energy management back in the hands of the owner by turning their vehicle into a mobile energy hub. Drivers can store electricity in their vehicle’s battery and feed it to the grid, their building or, indeed their Christmas tree, when needed.

The technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid and help improve grid capability to handle renewable power as well as managing energy more efficiently.

The Nissan LEAF, built in Sunderland for more than a decade, was the world's first mass-market electric vehicle. The Nissan Qashqai, the record-breaking original crossover, is now offered with Nissan’s unique e-POWER system, a first for the company in Europe, whilst the Nissan Juke is now equipped with an advanced hybrid powertrain.

In 2021, Nissan’s Sunderland plant was announced as the home of EV36ZERO, a £1 bn flagship electric vehicle manufacturing ecosystem bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production.