Innovative paint technology developed by car-maker Nissan will take the burden of regular car-washing off the drivers’ shoulders.
Tests on the first self-cleaning Nissan Note model are currently being carried out at Nissan’s European technical centre in Switzerland, to see how effortlessly the new technology keeps mud, rain and everyday dirt at bay.
Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, on automotive bodywork. By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface.
The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic nano-paint, which repels water and oils, will be tested for several months in various conditions.
"We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting-edge technology like this incredible coating application," said Geraldine Ingham, chief marketing manager for Nissan Note.
However, there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, so those keen not to get their hands dirty will have to pay extra for the privilege.