Nissan could be rendering the car wash obsolete with new repelling paint

Nissan supposedly has a new trick up their sleeve…and it’s not some crazy hip-infotainment branding that connects with some part of pop culture. It’s paint that might just repel mud, dirt, and rain all on its own. Could this mean the car wash will cease to exist in the future?

According to their press release, the paint technology is of the “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic” kind, which they applied to a recent Nissan Note prototype at their European Technical Center to test its results. The paint itself has been coined, “Ultra-Ever Dry,” and features a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment.

Check out how well it works in the video after the jump.

NISSAN DEVELOPS FIRST ‘SELF-CLEANING’ CAR PROTOTYPE

  • Nissan tests innovative nano-paint technology which repels dirt
  • Nissan Note is first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete
  • Potential aftermarket application being investigated by Nissan engineers in Europe

ROLLE, Switzerland (April 24th, 2014): 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.

The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new 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.

It’s not the first time ‘self-cleaning’ technology has been used on the Note. The car 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.

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.

Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, comments, “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.”

The all-new Nissan Note is already packed with innovative technology to make driving safer. Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection combine to form the Nissan Safety Shield. This unique package is powered by 360° Around View Monitor technology which relies on the unique self-cleaning rear camera – an innovation already breaking new ground in the B segment.

Bringing premium technology and sharp design to the B-segment is at the core of the new Note’s appeal, with innovative thinking applied to all aspects of its design and engineering.


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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