Prototype car coated with nano-paint could mean the end of car washes and tedious Sunday mornings with a hose
New high-tech paint could mean you never have to wash your car again, with Nissan revealing a prototype car that is impervious to dirt.
The new Nissan Note is coated in super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oil. Nissan claims the technology makes the Note the first self-cleaning car.
Nissan engineers are currently testing the technology to see how truly effective it is. So far it has successfully repelled mud, rain and everyday dirt. Known as Ultra-Ever Dry, it creates a protective layer of air between the paint and the world around it. This stops water and spray from roads creating dirty marks on the car.
The special coating is the work of UltraTech International, with Nissan saying it has handled common dirt including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. The company said there were no plans to include the technology as a standard feature, with it likely to be an ‘aftermarket’ extra.
Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, said the new technology would help “take the stress” out of driving:
“We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”
The Nissan Note already use a type of self-cleaning technology. The car has a ‘wash and blow dry’ feature to clean its rear view camera. This uses water and compressed air to keep the lens free of dirt at all times.
Nissan said engineers would be conducting further testing over the coming months and didn’t give a specific date or price for the new self-cleaning technology.