Nissan Gives a Leaf EV the Glow-in-the-Dark Treatment
What happens when you take a Nissan Leaf and cover it with glow-in-the-dark paint? You get a glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf, of course and that’s exactly what Nissan have done…
Glow-in-the-dark cars sound bizarre, but when you think about it they’re actually quite a clever and useful innovation. We’ll discuss a couple of the benefits in due course, but Nissan’s decision to coat a Leaf EV with glowing paint is (it says) to further highlight the fact that the Leaf is an electric vehicle.
Nissan teamed up with Hamish Scott – creator of the glow-in-the-dark pavement – to come up with a special paint which uses organic materials and an ingredient called Strontium Aluminate.
So how does it work?
Well, during the day the paint absorbs energy from the sun, which then allows it to glow at night for up to 10 hours. Nissan say that the glow-in-the-dark Leaf will help inspire owners to convert to solar energy at home.
A car that glows at night is obviously easier to see and, therefore, could serve to prevent accidents. “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you coming”-type excuses would become a thing of the past and there would be little recourse for drivers who are in the wrong in these situations.
Then there’s the security aspect of it. Imagine how much harder it would be to steal a car that is literally glowing. Not to mention how much easier to track it would be.
Nissan say that the glow-in-the-dark paint is only for demonstration purposes at present, but if it became commercially available then it is expected to last around 25 years.
Whether it becomes a mainstream addition to the automotive market remains to be seen, but in the meantime you can check out the glow-in-the-dark Leaf for yourself in the following video:
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