Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint Truly Becomes “World’s Cleanest Car”

JUL 10 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint

Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint

Nissan has created the world’s cleanest automobile by applying its patented Ultra-Ever Dry coating to its electric Nissan LEAF.

This self-cleaning paint is teflon-like in that it flings mud, water, dirt and grime right off the surface with ease.

Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint

Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint

Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning for Nissan North America, states:

“The 100% electric Leaf provides the perfect canvas for this new, advanced paint technology.  This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.”

Chief Executive Officer Mark Shaw of UltraTech International Inc. (developer of Ultra-Dry Ever), remarked:

“No matter what the road throws at this LEAF, its Ultra-Ever Dry® exterior coating will throw right back.”

Unfortunately, this game-changing paint-coating technology is still in the testing phase, so it may be awhile before you’re able to order a LEAF that cleans itself.  However, Nissan says that it could offer it as an aftermarket dealer-applied option sometime soon.

Nissan released only a few images of the LEAF with this paint technology applied.  However, there’s previous video of a Nissan Note shown below, which truly captures just how game-changing (no car washes saves tons of precious water) this Ultra-Ever Dry technology could be.

Nissan press release below:

– For LEAF owners who never qualify for gas stations’ “Free Car Wash with Purchase” offers, this technical study might be the perfect solution –

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – What do you get when you combine the world’s best-selling zero emission vehicle with innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt? Answer: a very special Nissan LEAF electric vehicle that might just be the “world’s cleanest car.”

Created to demonstrate its potential use in future production vehicles, this Nissan LEAF’s exterior was treated with a specially engineered superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint that is designed to repel water and oils.

The “self-cleaning” paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface. Nissan is one of the first carmakers to apply this technology to a vehicle.

The coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc., has been undergoing testing by engineers at Nissan Technical Center Europe. So far it has responded well to common-use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.

While there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to Nissan vehicles as standard equipment, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option. For the North American demonstration, the paint is featured on a white Nissan LEAF.

“The 100 percent electric LEAF provides the perfect canvas for this new, advanced paint technology,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “This is one LEAF that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.”

“No matter what the road throws at this LEAF, its Ultra-Ever Dry® exterior coating will throw right back,” said UltraTech International Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Shaw. Shaw presented the benefits of superhydrophobic technology and how it creates an “umbrella of air” on a surface at a TED Conference last year.

For 2015, the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF is available in three trim levels: LEAF S, SV and SL, along with option packages offering advanced systems such as Around View® Monitor and seven-speaker Bose® energy-efficient audio and Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant*. The EPA estimated driving range for LEAF on a fully charged battery is rated at 84 miles and MPGe ratings are 126 City, 101 Highway and 114 Combined.** Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger. Charging at home through a 240V charging dock is estimated to take less than five hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger (less than eight hours with the S grade’s standard 3.6 kW onboard charger). However, charging times may vary.

* Compatible smartphone required. Standard text rates and/or data usage may apply.

**Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. The 6.6kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim. 240-V home charging dock is sold separately.

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17 Comments on "Nissan LEAF With Self-Cleaning Paint Truly Becomes “World’s Cleanest Car”"

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kdawg

Does it work on bird poop?

Max

The million dollar question.

Phatcat73

Why stop at just birds?

Rick Danger

‘Cause alligators just can’t get that much altitude 🙂

Ocean Railroader

I hope this is good for pollen in that in the Spring we all drive yellow cars from were we come from.

Kosh

This is great since the negative slope on the back of the Leaf is a real dirt collector, esp in white.

Big Solar

Yeah, we need all that precious water for the frackers. (Mother frackers)

Rick

Does it work on love bugs? (You Floridians know what I mean).

Gibber

I was impressed by the self healing clear coat they developed a few years ago but this takes the cake!

Electric Car Guest Drive

If the price was reasonable I would buy this.

Rick Danger

Wow! I’m impressed with Nissan on this one!

The bird poop and love bug questions are still valid though. Let’s see video on that.

SeattleTeslaGuy

I think the EV connection is a bit of a stretch but I would love a hydrophobic paint on any car I own.

SeattleTeslaGuy

I would love to have a car with hydrophobic paint on it.

BraveLilToaster

“This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.”

Well… we have to get gas for the barbecue once in a while too…

TimE

Maybe we need to call it quits on the gas barbecue’s too – time to go with an outdoor George Foreman that plugs into a 120V outlet and gets its power from our home solar panels?

Priusmaniac

Charcoal is actually made from wood so it is a biofuel. So the CO2 you put in the air was absorbed no so long again by the tree. It doesn’t add extra CO2 to the atmosphere like fossils do, so you can go on with your barbecue, no problem.

Priusmaniac

Innovation that exites. That is exactly that. Tesla should jump on this, it is really interesting.