Is this the end for the car wash?
Nissan has developed the world’s first ‘self-cleaning’ car, the first model to trial the ‘nano-paint technology’ will be the Nissan Note. The 'super-hydrophobic' and 'oleophobic' paint repels water and oils and Nissan predict it will make ‘car washing’ obsolete.
A Nissan spokesman said ‘the Nissan Note is the first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete. 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. Scientists have developed ‘super-hydrophobic’ and ‘oleophobic’ paint, which repels water and oils. It has been applied to the all-new Nissan Note supermini to create what it calls ‘the world's first self-cleaning car’.
Nissan says it is the first carmaker to apply the trade-marked technology called Ultra-Ever Dry® on automotive bodywork and will be testing it ‘in the real world’ over the coming months at its European Technical Centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire. The dirt repellent coating works 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. Results so far show that the coating has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.
The Nissan Note already features a ‘wash and blow dry' function on its rear view camera. This uses water and compressed air to automatically keep the lens free of dirt and ensure the Notes' safety sensors work in all conditions.
Chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham said ‘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. We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.’
Are you a driver that would rather run a mile than have to bring out the bucket and sponge? Do you wince at having to hand over the cash at the car wash ? The ‘self cleaning car’ could be your salvation! This new paint is set to be an option on future models and is currently being tested in the UK on the new Nissan Note, no price has been set as yet but it is reported to be approximately £450 similar to a metallic paint option.