BY GERRY MILES
If I owned a car wash, I might not think that Nissan’s ability to develop a car’s paint that essentially renders it self-cleaning like a cat constantly slathering its own saliva on its fur to be a good thing.
But if you like technology and its advances, it could be cool.
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Nissan notes it’s the first 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. So whereby air in the paint system used to be a bad thing with bubbles, until now in a properly controlled environ where in a different paradigm it can repel dirt.
Nissan in Europe has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt. Thus, drivers may – except those in Vermont who have to deal with Mud Season (and yes, it is its own season before spring) — may never have to clean their car again.
The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new European market Nissan Note to create the world’s first self-cleaning car.
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.
“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving, and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier,” said Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note. “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”