self-cleaning car

Tired of washing your car? The self-cleaning car is here

Nisan self-cleaning car

Everybody loves to use a clean and spotless vehicle but very few are ready to take the pains of cleaning it every day. If you belong to the group of users who dislike this cumbersome task of car-wash, then there is good news for you. The Japanese car giant Nissan has developed a prototype vehicle called Nisan self-cleaning car which has the ability to clean itself on its own. So, you would be driving an ‘always clean’ car soon!

Nissan’s hatchback ‘Note’ (car depicted in the above picture) which is set to secure the title of ‘world’s first self-cleaning car’ is currently under test at company’s test facility in Europe. The ability to clean itself is bestowed upon the car by the special type of the paint which is developed by UltraTech International, a Florida based company specialized in development and production of environmental compliance products; and Nissan is the first carmaker to employ the same.

Furthermore, “Ultra-Ever dry” is the nomenclature used by UltraTech and Nissan to distinguish this product. Ultra-Ever dry paint is superhydrophobic and oleophobic in nature which means that it resists water and oils of almost every type. Although exact functioning of this paint is still ambiguous, it is believed that it forms a layer of air between the surface of application and outer atmosphere thus repelling everything falling on the surface.

Nissan-Note Test vehicle
Nissan Note- Test Vehicle with one half painted with 'Ultra-Ever Dry'

How self-cleaning car works?

At the core, this technology is based on ‘Nano patterning’. That means when a coating of this paint is applied to a surface, it forms a pattern of tiny bumps and grooves on that surface so that water and oils can roll down the surface. In a nutshell, it is an application of the recently developed Nano-technology. The domain of application is so wide that it encompasses everything from clothes and shoes to heavy machinery employed in powerplants.

Till date, this paint is proved to be useful against rainwater, mud, diesel and other oily substances like grease. The testing phase is in the continuation and the company has no plans to offer it as a standard feature on the car. However, the organization is positive about offering it as an aftermarket solution.

In addition to the aforesaid aesthetic benefits, other advantages of this self-cleaning car include saving the precious water reserves which are otherwise wasted in washing cars; and the resulting cost savings.

In order to become commercially viable and successful, the cost of this paint and its service life will play a key role but unfortunately, the exact data about these factors is still not known. Considering the success rate of innovations in Nano-technology, it seems that this idea will click very well!

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