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Nissan unveils LEAF with self-cleaning nano-paint technology

Superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint repels water and oils.

July 10, 2014   by PLANT STAFF

PHOTO: Nissan Canada

PHOTO: Nissan Canada

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What do you get when you combine the world’s best-selling zero emission vehicle with innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt?

Answer: A very special Nissan LEAF electric vehicle that might just be the “world’s cleanest car.”

Created to demonstrate its potential use in future production vehicles, Nissan treated one of its LEAF’s exteriors with a specially engineered superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint that repels water and oils.

The “self-cleaning” paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface.

The coating has been undergoing testing by engineers at Nissan Technical Center Europe, where it has responded well to common-use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.

While there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to Nissan vehicles as standard equipment, the automaker says it will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.


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