The Nissan Leaf-otherwise known as the Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car-has been in production since 2010, but it’s taken almost half a decade for Nissan to coat the electric car in glow-in-the-dark paint. However, don’t think you’ll be driving around in an illuminating Leaf anytime soon.
The glow-in-the-dark paint is custom-made and created with the help of Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH, a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day. After absorbing all that energy, during the day, at night the paint is able to glow from eight to 10 hours.
The glow-in-the-dark car paint applied to the Nissan Leaf is a little different to other car paints, and not just because it’s glow-in-the-dark. This paint uses a secret formula made up of organic materials. It contains a ‘very rare natural earth product‘ called Strontium Aluminate, which is ‘solid, odourless and chemically and biologically inert’.
Nissan is the first manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark organic paint to its vehicles, but you can forget about ever owning a glow-in-the-dark Leaf.
Nissan actually has no upcoming plans to offer their EVs in glow-in-the-dark paint. Which is a shame since this car paint could last up to 25 years.
This innovative paint is meant to showcase how its all-electric Leaf vehicle helps more people convert to solar energy at home.
Ok, that’s great and all, but you’ve showed us the good stuff, Nissan, now start offering it at the local dealership!