Article originally published on Adam’s Auto Advice
Do you hate washing cars? It’s something you do but probably don’t love doing. Thankfully the paint guys over at Nissan have a solution, a self cleaning car.
No, this is not science fiction although it might sound like it. Nissan Europe is working on a paint that repels dirt, water, road grime, and anything else that can be thrown at a car that is detrimental to the sensitive vehicle paint. They released a video of Nissan testing this new nano-paint in Swizterland and I gotta say… if it works as good as it does in the video, which is highly unlikely, I will definitely buy a Nissan Note. (The car model in the video.)
“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.”
The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint (big words!) can repel oil and water hence the “self cleaning” paint. Nissan engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be resting this new nano-paint all across Europe in the Nissan Note in a wide variety of conditions. Possible aftermarket applications are being investigated by the Japanese automaker. What does that mean? You could get YOUR car painted with the self-cleaning paint one day.
Nissan is claiming to be the first automaker to apply the much asked for paint technology on a vehicle. It’s being dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry which sounds a whole lot better than “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” but I prefer nano-paint. That just sounds futuristic, doesn’t it?
The new self-cleaning paint coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc, has stood up against rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. Whilst there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the the Nissan Note as a paint option, Nissan will continue to consider the paint technology for future Nissan vehicles and it might make it onto your car one day.
Nissan’s Self-Cleaning Car
Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.
One day, no more washing your car. Does this sound awesome to you? Let me know in the comments below.