Whether you are the type of do it yourself car washer, or you just go to the local bathing venue, for sure you have times when the idea of doing this simple task is horrifyingly unappealing.
Well, for those who fret car washing, Nissan has introduced the first self-cleaning car. The catch is simple and it involves – as always – a small technological miracle. The Japanese company’s UK engineers are now testing an innovative “nano-paint technology” that allows the car’s paint to repel dirt.
“The Nissan Note is the first car to trial a paint which could make car washes obsolete,” says a Nissan spokesperson. “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.”
The secret behind the miracle is the newly developed “super-hydrophobic” and “oleophobic” paint, which repels water and oils. The Nissan tech is called Ultra-Ever Dry and is soon going to be tested in real world conditions at Nissan’s European Technical Centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire.
“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 said.
While it’s an option that would definitely come to future models, most likely the technology will be offered on the British Sunderland built new Nissan Note, with the new paint job an option for around £450 ($750) – which is quite similar to an usual metallic paint.
Via Daily Mail