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Never Wash Your Car Again?

Posted by: Mark Bilek

If Nissan succeeds, that could be a possibility! Nissan Europe is testing an innovative nano-paint technology which repels dirt. The special coating reportedly repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.

Nissan-Note-Self-Cleaning-Paint

According to Nissan, a specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, repels water and oils has been applied to the all-new European market Nissan Note to create the world's first self-cleaning car. To assess the real-world effectiveness of the super-hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Nissan is the first carmaker 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.

"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."

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. Whilst there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.

Click the video below to play, demonstrating the paint's grime repelling properties. If you ask me, one of the joys of car ownership is giving it a deep clean. However, it sure would have been nice to have this technology during the polar vortex!

 

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