Nissan’s newest auto is a Leaf electric vehicle that glows in the dark! To achieve the unique effect, the Japanese auto maker applied a special glow-in-the-dark paint to the EV that absorbs UV light during the day so that it can glow for eight to ten hours after the sun goes down.
Nissan worked with inventor Hamish Scott to apply the unique Starpath coating that is made entirely of organic materials. Glow-in-the-dark paint is not a new concept, but this innovative coating contains a very rare natural earth product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odorless and chemically and biologically inert. Nissan also says that their glow-in-the-dark paint can last for 25 years.
Production plans for the luminous paint have not been announced, but the unique glow-in-the-dark Leaf is being used to discuss how many Leaf owners also use the sun to power their vehicles. “Overall, we are probably using 25 percent less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it’s a fantastic experience to be able to drive the Leaf using electricity that’s been produced completely for free,” stated Leaf owner Ian Finch.
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