NISSAN’S electric Leaf vehicle took on a dazzling look when it was paraded on the world’s only luminescent highway.
The Sunderland-built vehicle became the first vehicle to be sprayed with glow-in-the-dark paint as a promotion to show how many customers were charging the vehicle using solar power.
Now the glowing Leaf has been taken for a spin along the Smart Highway, which is the world’s first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands.
Mr Roosegaarde said: “The Glowing Lines on The Smart Highway replace standard street lighting to reduce electrical energy consumption.
“To have the world’s first glow-in-the-dark car on our road is a privilege and it mirrors goals that we want to achieve with our Smart Highway.
A 600-metre stretch of the N329 highway – a major transport link that runs through the city of Oss – has been upgraded with these Glowing Lines.
The lines absorb light during the day and glow for eight hours at night, increasing visibility and, hopefully, safety.
The Nissan Leaf was chosen to test the road after sales saw a 313 per cent increase in the Netherlands last year.
The road’s photo-luminescent strips complement the Nissan LEAF’s innovative finish.
The spray-applied coating absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and glows for between eight and ten hours when the sun goes down.
While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the ultraviolet-energised paint created especially for Nissan is made from secret formula containing a solid, odourless Rare Earth Metal called Strontium Aluminate.