THE world’s first self-cleaning car has been built in Sunderland.
Well, half of it, anyway.
Car giant Nissan has started testing an innovative new paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.
The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to a Sunderland-built Nissan Note.
Half the car has been sprayed with the new paint with the other left as standard.
Note chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham said: “The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier.
“We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”
Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, on automotive bodywork. It effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car’s surface by creating a protective layer of air between paint and environment.
Engineers at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, will be testing the car in a variety of conditions over the coming months.
So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc®, 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 the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.
Nissan’s Sunderland plant created 400 new jobs last year with the introduction of the new Note, moving to total 24-hour working for the first time in its history.
The factory introduced a third shift on production line two to cope with demand for the new-look Note, which it began building in September.