Set designer and illustrator Gary Card has created a Christmas tree made of recycled Vauxhall Ampera (a re-branded Chevy Volt in the UK) parts and powered by the electric vehicle itself. Engadget reports that Card was commissioned by General Motors’ British subsidiary Vauxhall to design the ‘Electric Christmas’ tree and it will be on show at The King’s Cross Filling Station in London until January 6th. The giant tree will be a nightly spectacle throughout the festive period, opening its leaves to reveal the gleaming engine-like structure within. Gary Card said:
When Vauxhall approached me to design a Christmas tree, my immediate response was create something mechanical. I really wanted to create a Christmas tree I’d never seen before. I loved the idea of applying the almost alien cybernetic design of the Ampera engine, to the warm, familiar silhouette of the Christmas tree. The overall design is inspired by the angles of the Ampera with a little nod to the robot iconography I loved as a child. I wanted to celebrate the fact that the Ampera is an electric car by having an electrical mechanism powering the Christmas tree.