Glow in the dark paint on a car may sound a bit strange but Nissan is lighting the way with a special paintjob for its all-electric Leaf car.
The special paint absorbs ultra-violet light given off by the sun and uses it to illuminate the car for between eight and 10 hours at night, making it easier for other motorists to see the Nissan Leaf.
Nissan worked with Hamish Scott of Starpath to invent the paint, which is made from a ‘secret formula’ of organic materials, including a very rare solid, odourless and chemically and biologically inert natural material called Strontium Aluminate.
The paint is yet to reach commercial production, but if it does Nissan claims it will last for to 25 years so there’s no need to worry about the it glowing less brightly over the lifetime of the car.
Glow in the dark paint on cars is nothing new, but this is the first example of a car manufacturer directly applying it to a vehicle. It was also used for road markings in the Netherlands as part of a plan to reduce energy consumption.
Is glow in the dark paint practical on a car? Perhaps not, but it is sure to mesmerise younger generations as you pass on by.