Some folks like mowing their lawns and cleaning their cars. They won’t allow anyone else to touch their grass or their wheels. Other people don’t want to be bothered, and that’s what Nissan in counting on with its self-cleaning car experiment.
The carmaker is testing a new paint technology that repels mud, rain and dirt. So far, the testing has only been done Europe, and only on theNissan Note.
If the idea works, the environmental advantages and time-saving efficiency sound promising.
The technology is called Ultra-Ever Dry. It’s never been used on automobile before. The concept works when a layer of air between the paint and the environment prohibits standing water and road spray from remaining on the exterior paint.
Nissan reports testing has been successful against a variety of elements — rain to frost, sleet to standing water.
To date, only the Nissan Note has utilized the product. Nothing is planned yet to offer the self-wash product standard on any Nissan vehicle.
In Nissan’s words:
“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.”