Nissan Leaf goes glow-in-the-dark with luminous paint upgrade

12 Feb, 2015 8:38am Lawrence Allan

Nissan becomes first carmaker to apply UV absorbing glowing paint to a production car. The Leaf EV is the beneficiary.

Nissan is determined to help Leaf EV owners find their cars at night, by unveiling a model with spooky glow-in-the-dark paint. It's the first time the UV-absorbing paint finish has been applied by a manufacturer, although the firm hasn't confirmed it as an official option.

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The paint finish, known as STARPATH, was created by inventor Hamish Scott and is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy from the sun throughout the day. It is then able to glow distinctively for between eight and 10 hours during the night. 

Various luminous car 'wraps' exist on the market, but this is the first time the outer paint layer has been given the treatment by an official carmaker. Scott uses a secret formula for the paint made of entirely organic materials, and a rare earth product called Strontium Aluminate. Nissan has stated that "if" the bold paint scheme was put on sale, the glow would last for 25 years.

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The Japanese firm claims the paint scheme has been done to showcase he increasing numbers of Leaf owners charging their cars using solar energy. There's no indication yet of whether it will become optional to new buyers of the electric vehicle.

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