NASHVILLE -- No more car washes?
Nissan Motor Corp. is experimenting with a “self-cleaning” car that uses a new coating technology to help repel rain, oil and grime.
Researchers at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in England are testing the coating on a Versa Note subcompact. But a statement released by the company today said it is considering the technology only as a dealer aftermarket option -- not as a factory standard paint.
The technology, marketed by UltraTech International Inc., is called Ultra-Ever Dry.
Nissan describes the coating as a “specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” that repels “mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.”
According to the statement, the concept works by “creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment,” which Nissan says “stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car’s surface.”
In 2007, Nissan introduced a coating on the Infiniti EX and FX under the name “Scratch Shield” that it referred to as a self-healing paint. That coating -- which is no longer being marketed -- retained a low level of fluidity that would gradually fill in scratches as it reacted with sunlight.
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