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Nissan unveils Leaf with glow-in-the-dark paintjob

Nissan has used an ultraviolet energy-absorbing paint to produce a luminous Leaf

Nissan has produced a glow-in-the-dark electric car.

The bespoke, spray-applied coating was applied a Nissan Leaf.

The paint, which is the brainchild of glow-in-the-dark pavement inventor, Hamish Scott, absorbs ultraviolet energy throughout the day to produce eight to 10 hours of luminosity during night-time hours.

“While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the bespoke, ultraviolet-energised paint created especially for Nissan is unique, thanks to its secret formula made up entirely of organic materials,” said the Japanese automaker.

“It contains a very rare natural-earth product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odourless, and chemically and biologically inert.

“Various third-party companies have applied non-organic, glow-in-the-dark paint to vehicles before, but Nissan is the first car maker to directly apply such technology. Nissan’s unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years,” it added.

Although Nissan has revealed no concrete plans to make the luminous paintjob commercially available, the manufacturer hopes that Scott’s glow-in-the-dark special will highlight the benefits of its all-electric Leaf model.

Paul O’Neill, Nissan Motor GB Limited’s electric vehicles (EV) manager, said: “The Nissan Leaf is a shining beacon of sustainability and the future of motoring. Not only is it saving our customers money in running costs, but we are now seeing how it is helping people become more environmentally sensitive by reducing their carbon footprint.”


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