Remember Nissan’s self-cleaning paint? Now the automaker has come up with another type of paint that’s sure to turn heads: glow in the dark paint. Nissan is one of the first automakers to come up with a glow in the dark paint formula, and has put it to the test on a Nissan Leaf.
The glow in the dark Nissan Leaf was debuted in the United Kingdom, and unlike the smooth self-cleaning finish on the automaker’s last paint experiment, the glow in the dark paint offers a rough, sandpaper-like finish.
The paint was developed in collaboration with investor Hamish Scott, creator of Starpath. Starpath is a spray that can be applied to walking paths. It absorbs sunlight during the day, and glows in the dark, lighting up the path for hours. Other aftermarket companies have showed off similar glowing paint technology, but according to USA Today, Nissan’s glow in the dark paint boasts some unique attributes.
For one, the paint soaks up the sun’s rays all day, and then can glow for eight to ten hours once it gets dark. Additionally, Nissan says that the paint will last on a car for 25 years.
There are currently no plans for production, but here at Cronic Nissan, we have to admit, the glow in the dark paint is way-cool. Not only is the paint eye-catching, but it’s sure to keep your vehicle top-of-mind with other drivers. No way is anyone backing into a glow in the dark car.
Who loves washing their car—let me see your hands! Alright, weirdos, you can put your hands back down now. You also don’t really need to read this blog; this one is for the normal people—like us here at Cronic Nissan—who recognize that washing the car is an irritating, even if necessary, waste of time in our busy schedules. Have you ever just wished that your car could wash itself? (That’s alright; there’s no need to raise hands this time.) Well, if you have—and even if you haven’t—Nissan has the solution for you.
Introducing a prototype version of the Nissan Note—an all-new car slated for a European production run—equipped with a special “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” that works to make the car’s exterior impervious to water and oils. The technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, has seen good results so far. Nissan is the first automaker to apply the technology to a vehicle, making the Note the world’s first self-cleaning car.
“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving, and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier,” said Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note. “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”
While there are no current plans to implement the new paint job into the real world of production vehicles, it’s fun to imagine a future where your car just refuses to get dirty—because, at least then, when we refuse to wash the car, it won’t really become an issue.