Hate Cleaning Your Car? Meet Nissan’s Self-Cleaning LEAF Electric Car

Pocket money for kids worldwide or hated Sunday morning chore, keeping your car clean can be a complete pain, especially at certain times of the year.

Imagine never having to clean your car. Behold the self-cleaning Nissan LEAF!

Imagine never having to clean your car. Behold the self-cleaning Nissan LEAF!

So imagine what it would be like to own a car which never, ever required cleaning? A car which kept itself clean and always looked fresh and presentable, regardless of the weather, where it had been, or what time of year it was?

Sound good? Then you’ll want Nissan’s latest creation, a self-cleaning Nissan LEAF.

Currently a one-off concept car, Nissan’s special all-white squeaky-clean electric car is painted with a special type of paint which is both superhydrophobic and oleophobic. In other words, it repels both water and oils, leaving a pristine finish, no matter what the weather. 

Developed by chemical company UltraTech International Inc., the technology — called Ultra-Ever Dry® — has been engineered to create a barrier between the actual paint and the outside world, ensuring the car never gets dirty. 

“This is one LEAF that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash,” quipped Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning for Nissan North America.

The special paint repels both water and oils.

The special paint repels both water and oils.

While the while idea of a self-cleaning car may seem a little over-the-top for most car buyers, there is some logicality in this particular development. By designing cars which don’t need cleaning, automakers could save communities billions of gallons of water every year from being wasted, while we’d all get our Sunday mornings back.

Currently undergoing technical evaluation in the UK at Nissan’s European Technical Centre, Nissan says the special paint has been tested in a variety of conditions, including frost, rain, sleet, road spray and standing water, describing the paint’s performance as ‘responding well’ to all testing thus far.

Sadly, Nissan says it isn’t about to offer the self-cleaning paint as standard on any of its cars, electric or otherwise. It is however considering adding the paint finish as an optional extra for customers at some point in the future.

As for the children? We think it’s time to start thinking of other ways they can earn their weekly allowance, don’t you?


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  • CDspeed

    Sounds amazing, but I’ve heard of plenty of innovations, been amazed by them, and then they disappear like they never existed. I also wonder how much it would cost to respray.

  • leptoquark

    I would be happy if Nissan, or UltraTech offered it only on the hatchback door. The aerodynamics of both my first and second Leaf’s cause dirt and grime to get sprayed preferentially on the back door, making it the dirtiest visible surface on the car. My 2012 was Brilliant Silver, and even my Gunmetal Grey 2014 shows dirt before anything else.

    • CDspeed

      That happens to any kind of car with a back end of that shape, I’ve owned SUVs and it happens to them too. If its dust you can buy a car duster to help, after picking up grime from the road when you’ve driven through rain you’ll just have to wash it. But a duster can help prolong a recent wash, and won’t scratch your car.

  • Dennis Pascual

    I just wonder how “eco”-friendly the treatment is… (more importantly for me, how much does it cost?)… nnnI have both of our EVs wrapped. (one in Xpel and the other with SunTek) and treated with CQuartz Nano treatment so that water and dirt don’t grip on the surface for a while… But that has to be re-applied after every eight to ten months in my case. I did that for aesthetics than anything else, but it does repel quite a bit of grime from the cars.