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.
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.
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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