Japanese automobile giant, Nissan is the first manufacturer to use glow in the dark paint on their vehicles. They have adopted this new paint scheme for their efficient electric vehicle the Leaf. Nissan has not confirmed if this paint will be offered to customers or not.
Nissan wants its products to be more efficient and future ready. The use of glow in the dark paint(STARPATH) shows, its use of converting solar energy into glowing light for the night. The Japanese manufacturer partnered with Hamish Scott for this project.
The glow in the dark Leaf EV gets a spray-applied coating, which absorbs UV energy from sunlight. This is then converted to a glowing light effect during the night. The glow usually lasts for eight to ten hours post sunset and is a pleasant sight to witness. Nissan claims that if this paint was offered to owners, they would not have to change it for 25 years.
Currently glow in the dark paint as well as vinyl wraps are existent in the market. Nissan, however, has opted for a different approach. Keeping in mind their electric vehicle they have opted for a an organic materials. Their glow in the dark paint consists of Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odourless and chemically and biologically inert.
Paul O'Neill, Nissan Motor GB Limited EV Manager, commented, "The Nissan LEAF is a shining beacon of sustainability and the future of motoring. Not only is it saving our customers money in running costs but it we are now seeing how it is helping people become more environmentally sensitive by reducing their carbon footprint."