Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan in Europe has started tests on groundbreaking paint technology, which repels everyday dirt, rain and mud, which means drivers, may never have to clean their car again. The specifically designed super oleophobic and hydrophobic paint that repels oils and water, has been applied to the all-new European market Nissan Note to create the first self cleaning vehicle of the world.
To assess the rear world effectiveness of the super hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self cleaning Nissan Note over the coming months in a variety of situations. The automaker is the first to apply the technology, known as Ultra-Ever Dry on automotive bodywork. By creating a protective layer of air between the environment and paint, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the vehicle’s surface.
So far, the coating, that’s being sold and marketed by UltraTech International Inc, has responded well to common use cases including spray, rain, sleet, standing water and frost. And currently, there are no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard; the automaker will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.
Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note said: “The Nissan Note has been carefully designed to take the stress out of customer driving, and the engineers at Nissan 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.”