Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nissan shows off glow-in-the-dark cars

The automaker that's experimenting with self-cleaning car paint now has a new gimmick: the glow-in-the-dark car.
The automaker that's experimenting with self-cleaning car paint now has a new gimmick: the glow-in-the-dark car....

Nissan's European operation says it's one of the first automakers to have glow-in-the-dark paint, which it's demonstrating on an electric Nissan Leaf.

Nissan says an inventor, Hamish Scott, has created a product called Starpath, a coating that absorbs the sun's rays during the day and then glows from eight to 10 hours after the sun goes down. Nissan admits it's not first among makers when it comes to glowing cars, but it says the system it's developing is special. For instance, it thinks the paint job will last on the car for 25 years.

The glowing paint underscores that Leaf is an eco-car with low charging costs. Of course, the sun power needed to recharge the glowing paint comes free.

Nissan chose the Los Angeles Auto Show as a venue last year to demonstrate paint that can shed dirt and grease. Even when chocolate syrup was dribbled on the hood of the car, it came rolling off in sheets. But unlike smooth car paint, the car's finish was rough like a cat's tongue. Just like glow in the dark paint, it was only a demonstration. Nissan said it didn't yet have plans for production...