Nissan unveils eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark paint

Time 2:30 pm, February 12, 2015

glowing paint nissan leafJUST when you think car technology can’t get any more crazy… along comes eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark paint.

Nissan has become the first manufacturer to apply the car paint to showcase how its market-leading, all-electric LEAF is helping more people convert to solar energy at home.

The manufacturer worked with inventor Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH, which is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so it glows for between eight and ten hours when the sun goes down.

While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the bespoke, ultraviolet-energised paint created especially for Nissan is unique because it is made up of entirely organic materials. It contains a rare natural product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odourless and chemically and biologically inert.

glowing paint nissan leaf 2Some companies have already applied non-organic glow-in-the-dark paint to vehicles, but Nissan is the first car maker to directly apply such technology. Nissan’s unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years.

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Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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