Check your to-do list for the weekend and the chances are you’ll find ‘clean the car’ somewhere near the top. Most of us live in a perennial state of needing to give our cars a clean. All that could be set to change, though, as Nissan’s new Note prototype has the innovative USP of being ‘self cleaning’. The technology is nothing sort of genius.
The idea behind Nissan’s prototype car is the ingenious ‘Ultra-Ever Dry’ paint, a specially designed product by UltraTech International Inc. The paint is described as ‘super-hydrophobic and oleophobic’. This, in plain English, means that it is a type of nano paint, which is able to repel water, dirt and oil. In short, it creates a layer between the car’s surface and anything which comes into contact with it, preventing almost all dirt from adhering to the vehicle.
Coupled with the motion of the car as it drives, this clever technology means that the Nissan prototype will theoretically simply not get dirty. A spokesman for the car maker commented that ‘the coating has responded well to… rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water’ and that further tests are under-way. If the paint continues to perform well with the car, Nissan could apply it to other lines and potentially revolutionise the way people interact with their cars.
The car maker also plans to combine this revolutionary nano paint with their existing ‘wash and blow dry’ function, a self-cleaning feature which keeps the car’s rear view mirrors clean and visible. The combination of these technologies could mean that within a relatively short time, it is not hard to imagine Nissan coming out with cars that really do not need cleaning.
The technology’s designers described the new concept as part of Nissan’s desire to ‘address everyday problems’ and help their customers with the more mundane day to day tasks of keeping a car.
Future cars using this technology will be manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, where the company continues to grow its production, and is likely to come in at between £12,100 and £17,100. If successful, it could be a key part of the brand’s strategy in the next few years and, provided the production of the Note at Sunderland is successful, could strengthen the English plant’s position as one of Nissan’s premier plants.
Either way, customers of Nissan who have long been beleaguered by the need to clean their dirty, if beloved, car could finally be over.