What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you’d never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the shine? Thanks to Nissan that day may arrive sooner than you think. The Japanese car maker is currently testing hydrophobic nano-paint technology on its European Note hatchback. Once coated in the amazing high-tech paint, the Nissan Note seems impervious to dirt, mud, and even grimy water. Filth that used to stick and dry on the interior simply rolls away as if it were water. Keep reading to find out how it works and when it will hit the open market.
The secret to Nissan’s self-cleaning car lies in the specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils. Hydrophobic technologies have become quite popular in engineering circles over the past few years, with self-cleaning gadgets, wind turbines, and dishes causing a stir among designers. It takes a lot of water and energy to wash the millions of cars and trucks on the road today, and eliminating this resource-intensive chore would certainly save lots of money.
This particular technology is known as Ultra-Ever Dry, and Nissan is the first carmaker to apply it on automotive bodywork. “By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car’s surface,” explains a Nissan press release.
The technology is being put through its paces at Nissan’s European testing facilities. So far, the coating has successfully thwarted rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. The larger question is whether it will last the lifetime of the car, or if the coating will eventually wear off. There are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, though Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.
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