Nissan LEAF becomes a glowmobile with UV paint job

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 13:00
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It would freak you out a little bit, wouldn’t it

If you’re in the (probably) small group of people screaming out for a glow-in-the-dark, eco-friendly cruiser then you’re in luck as Nissan have teamed up with inventor Hamish Scott to produce exactly that.

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 as it is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down.

Nissan’s unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years.

Research revealed recently by Nissan showed that 89% of LEAF owners charge their cars at home overnight. Although solar panels do not store energy or provide it outside of daylight, any leftover power generated during the day is fed back into the national grid and homeowners can get a Government payment for it, meaning that the overnight charge is already paid for.

LEAF owner Ian Finch is one of those who has combined the savings offered by running an all-electric vehicle with solar panels to power his home.

“Running the Nissan LEAF costs a sixth of the amount we’d pay to run a diesel or petrol car,” he said. “Overall, we are probably using 25% less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it’s a fantastic experience to be able to drive the LEAF using electricity that’s been produced completely for free.”

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