Nissan in Europe has now become the first car manufacturer in the world to offer a unique glow-in-the-dark car paint made from chemically and biologically inert organic materials.
The new spray-applied coating — which absorbs enough UV energy during daylight hours to glow for 8–10 hours at night — was apparently created specifically for Nissan, by inventor Hamish Scott.
The paint coating makes use of a “secret formula” reportedly based around Strontium Aluminate — which is, as stated before, a chemically and biologically inert substance, that’s also odorless (worth noting I suppose…).
If made commercially available, the paint would last for 25 years.
On a somewhat related note, Nissan recently made note of that fact that LEAF owners in the UK — thanks to seeing notable savings in gas/transportation costs with use of the electric car — have been embracing solar energy in notable quantities.
A recent press release from the company included a quote from just such a LEAF and solar energy system double owner, Ian Finch, who noted: “Running the Nissan LEAF costs a sixth of the amount we’d pay to run a diesel or petrol car. Overall, we are probably using 25% less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it’s a fantastic experience to be able to drive the LEAF using electricity that’s been produced completely for free.”
Hmm, not bad. And perhaps this is part of a broader trend in the UK?
One can certainly hope.
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