Self-Cleaning Paint On Your Next Leaf?

Have you ever dreamed of having a car that was always clean? A self-cleaning one for example…

Nissan is working towards that goal and has begun tests in Europe on paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt. This means drivers may never have to clean their car again.

It also has the benefit of saving water as less will be needed to clean the car.

Nissan said the specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to a European market Nissan Note to create the world’s first self-cleaning car.

To assess the real-world effectiveness of the super-hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Nissan added it is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, 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.

Nissan stated so far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc, has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.

While there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan said it will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.