April 29, 2014
Nissan’s Self-Cleaning Car
Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, the snowmelt and springtime rains bring mud! With that, on a regular basis, we bring our cars to a drive-thru or self-serve car wash, or spend a few hours on the front lawn to rid our pride and joy of that filthy soil.
According to PC magazine, Nissan is about to change that weekend — or in some cases daily — chore. They have developed a “super-hydrophobic” paint that is supposed to magically disperse water, dirt and oil from your car’s finish. Testing of this new technology will begin in Europe over the next few months. Nissan is hoping that “drivers may never have to clean their car again.”
It works in the same principal as a coat of Scotchgard by forming a layer of air between the environment and your car’s paint. In experiments, the paint has stood the test against rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. However, Nissan says there is no plans for it to be standard on their vehicles, but will consider it as an option for buyers.
“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. We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application,” chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, Geraldine Ingham, said in a statement.
“The Nissan Note is first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete. 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,” a spokesman from Nissan said, according to the Daily Mail.
“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,” a spokesman explains.
The new paint is called Ultra-Ever Dry, which was created by UltraTech International Inc. and Nissan of Europe is the only company currently exploring this new technology for your car’s finish. The prototype Nissan Note in which the paint was applied is featured in a demonstration video featured below:
In the video above, it shows the Note driving through muddy water and the dirt seems to just roll off the car. This could eventually end those weekend carwashes. But for now, we are still going to wash our cars by hand or spend some money at those automated wash and dry locations to keep the shine on our beauties.
Image Credit: Nissan