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Developing a self-cleaning car prototype

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that.

Creating a self-cleaning car Source: Pixealcaos-Fotolia.com

Creating a self-cleaning car Source: Pixealcaos-Fotolia.com

Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that.

In response, Nissan in Europe has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.

Paint repels water and oils

The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the Nissan Note to create a self-cleaning car. To assess the effectiveness of the super-hydrophobic as a potential aftermarket application, engineers will be testing the self-cleaning car over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Creating a protective layer of air

Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called "Ultra-Ever Dry”, on automotive bodywork, according to the producer. By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface. So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International, has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. Whilst there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.

Further developments of functional coatings for automotives

More developments about anti-scratch and self-healing performances will be presented on 20-21 May in Dusseldorf at the European Coatings Conference "Functional coatings

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