Ready for a Glow?

A glow-in-the-dark car that is! In Europe, Nissan is testing a glow-in-the-dark paint on their electric Nissan Leaf. This is what the Victor crew found out:

It’s a coating that absorbs the sun’s rays during the day and will continue to glow 8 to 10 hours after the sun goes down. Although not the first to try this, they believe their paint will last 25 years. The paint itself has a rough feel to it.

Last year, Nissan demonstrated a “self-cleaning” car. It was a special paint that would allow dirt and grease to simply fall off in sheets as it is drives.

Joe Victor


Remove “Wash Car” from Your To-Do List … Forever!

Well, Jody, that might be a slight hyperbole; however, it is true Nissan is testing a unique paint coating that may allow you to check “wash car” off your honey-do list forever. Developed by UltraTech International, Inc. even with its gimmicky name, “Ultra-Ever Dry,” the technology looks pretty cool and could be a boon for non-car enthusiasts who view their vehicles as merely a means of conveyance and not a something to labor over lovingly.

Nissan likely has a winner on their hands as they have smartly been testing it on a car for non-car people, a Note hatch-back.

Nissan describes the coating as: “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic”. In other words after the coating is applied it should instantly repel dirt, water and more. Nissan adds that this will probably not be a standard feature, but will be made available as an extra—like buying a lifetime supply of car washes in advance. No word yet on how much the coating may cost.
Nissan has even provided an amusing video about the product.

Visit the Car & Driver blog for more information.

Joe Victor